THIS IS the ideal time to travel to Mountain Province since the months of March, April, and May have been known to be the peak of strawberry picking.
But mind you, strawberry picking is not only concentrated in La Trinidad in Benguet, it is now available in Baguio City, yes, a strawberry farm is now located just several kilometers from the Burnham Park.
The newest, or probably the only strawberry picking farm in the Summer Capital of the Philippines, at least for now, is the King’s Berry Farm located at Sitio Bilis, Sto. Tomas Central, Baguio City.
The young and energetic owner is Solomon Lang-ay, who developed his own variety of strawberry which he calls the King variety.
He says he crossed several varieties to come up with an ideal variety, that could adapt well to the area’s environmental conditions.
However, it was not an easy task for Lang-ay. He had to experiment with several varieties with different breeding requirements until coming up with his own variety, which he has started to share to those interested and maintain their own strawberry farms as well.
However, to have the right variety is not the only gauge of success. He says one must also have the proper inputs to make sure that the crop will grow properly and sustainable.
To attain this, Lang-ay has to conduct researches and study about the inputs and farm implements available from Harbest Agribusiness Corporation.
“You cannot just plant and wait for it to bear fruit. You must also provide what the plant needs to grow properly,” he pointed out.
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