When we visited the farm of Ponciano Bolivar in Bulakin, Tiaong, Quezon, on May 24, 2018, we asked him what profitable crop he planted in 2017. Immediately he recalled the 5,000 hills of Magnum finger pepper (pangsigang) that he planted in April 2017 and from which he harvested more than 100 kilos every five days from June to December. That meant at least 4,200 kilos which he sold at an average of P100 per kilo for a total of at least P420,000. He believed that he didn’t spend half the amount in growing his crop.
Ponciano Bolivar (left) and your blogger, Zac B. Sarian, in Ponciano’s farm planted to12,000 hills of finger pepper.
He was so pleased with the finger pepper that he planted in 2017 so that in 2018, he planted 12,000 hills. And at the time of our visit on May 24, 2018, he was harvesting 150 to 200 kilos that he sold at P25 a kilo. That meant a daily gross of P3,750 to P5,000 which was still profitable despite the lower price than that of the previous year.
Ponciano hired six pickers who worked half day everyday to harvest the 150 to 200 kilos.
Ponciano Bolivar and newly harvested finger pepper ready for delivery to the market.