Farm crops that people will not steal

Farm crops that people will not steal

Farming is not all enjoyment as some hobby farmers will tell you. It can also be exasperating.

Just like the case of a lady from San Pablo City who called us up one day. She was sulking because the bumper crop of lanzones that she was expecting to harvest a couple of weeks later had been stolen by poachers.

She swore not to plant lanzones again, and asked us what crops she should grow that people will not steal. Well, at that time, we suggested to her to plant hot chili. Which she did. Although chili can fetch a high price during certain months of the year, thieves will not usually bother about this crop because it takes a lot of time to harvest the tiny fruits. It’s not like lanzones that comes in big bunches.


Patrick Roquel and Arsenio Pecho checking harvestable leaves of lagundi

Now, we have discovered some other money-making crops you can grow that people will not care to steal. During our recent trip to Batangas, we saw the coconut plantation of Arsenio Pecho in Tanauan City. He has partnered with Patrick Roquel and intercropped the coconut trees with Vitex negundo or lagundi.

They harvest the leaves every 45 days, dry them and supply the same to herbal manufacturers like Herbs and Nature and the Department of Health. A three-year-old lagundi tree can yield one kilo of leaves every 45 days. Since the leaves are not eaten like fruits, people don’t care to steal them.

Patrick has also rented a lanzones plantation where he planted citronella between the trees. The citronella plants are growing very well. The orchard owner is thankful, of course, because he gets a rent and at the same time his trees are also fertilized when Patrick fertilizes his citronella.

Patrick who has a processing facility in Tanauan City manufactures a mosquito repellant using citronella oil. His product which comes by the brandname of Citronella Andas is claimed to provide eight hours of protection from mosquitoes. It is one product to fight dengue.

Another herbal tree that Patrick is excited about is the tsaang gubat or Carmona retusa. Although, it is better known for its use in alleviating stomach problems in humans, he is more excited about its use for pets. For pet dogs, for instance, he claims it is good for treating intestinal parasites. He says it is also anti-spasmodic.


Patrick Roquel (left) and Zac B. Sarian posing with tsaang gubat or carmona retusa which has medicinal properties

Other plants that thieves will not care to steal include the sambong, the akapulko, and other medicinal plants. If ever some people will get some, they will not harvest them in volume. Maybe, they will get some for their own immediate need which is not much.

Poaching is really rampant, especially in fruit tree plantations. Mango, durian, pummelo, and many other fruits are the favorite of thieves. So if you are an orchard owner, make sure to take the necessary measures so you will reap your just reward.

* Written by Zac Sarian and published in Manila Bulletin

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