Not everyone who learns implements.

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Created on Tuesday, 10 June 2014

siquijor1This is true to those who attended the seminars of the Department of Agriculture (DA RFO 7) and the Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO) of Siquijor.

Crisanto Patay, 59 years old, of San Juan, Siquijor, was one of the participants of the training on organic agriculture about a decade ago. Implementing and continuing his learnings is another thing for Crisanto. In fact he was only one of the few who truly advocated and practiced organic agriculture after the seminar.

His investment started only with 15 African Nightcrawlers which was granted to every participant during the training. Initial harvest of vermicast reached 40 sacks, the returns of which he used to build a storeroom or ‘bodega’.

Demand from the provincial government was regular which made him expand to four more vermi-beds.

Crisanto’s Twist in Organic Fertilizer Formulation

Crisanto observed that using vermicast alone as organic fertilizer tends to lump the soil together which does not bring a good effect. Experience proves that a sack of carbonized hull mixed with two sacks of vermicast makes a perfect organic fertilizer. He observes the soil is more loose and well –conditioned.

He never stops experimenting on utilizing indigenous ingredients as mixed ingredient for his locally-made organic fertilizer. He observed the ‘salwaki’ or cherries, is an excellent fertilizer for bananas and shallots. In fact he did not expect of the big bunch a banana plant produced at its age.

For his plots, he mixes six sacks of carbonized rice hull with 10 sacks of vermicast. He said the said combination can produce shallots that can weigh 1.5 kilos for seven pieces and the local market has a demand for it.

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Above shows Crisanto’s plots with self-made organic fertilizer, ready for planting.

Native chicken raised with self-made organic feeds and supplements are performing well. Observed are fewer diseases and healthier flock. A regular poultry supplement is the fish amino acid.

That means expanding his only bed for the vermi-worms to two beds. The expansion was funded from the return of the vermi-worms he sold. A sack of vermicast is sold at P300. Farm wastes such as manure and rice hay served as substrates or feeds to his vermi-worms.
Crisanto continues to dream big, citing that if opportunity comes for him to earn more he would expand his business to become the biggest producer of organic fertilizer in Siquijor.