Kabalen invents ‘answer’ to climate change woes-A A +A
Thursday, October 31, 2013
MABALACAT CITY --- A Kapampangan inventor has introduced to his kabalen farmers an organic fertilizer technology that would improve both the quality and quantity of palay yield.
Engineer Dante C. Dizon, managing director of Pro Green Philippines Incorporated, said his invention called "Trikombi Technology" is the answer to the farmers’ problem on climate change.
The most critical stage of growth of the rice plant when subjected to strong winds is between 65 to 75 days after transplanting, which causes crop failure, according to Dizon, who is a chemical engineer.
He said that a variety of seed losses may go as high as 50 percent, depending on the typhoon signal or strength of the wind.
This is the "acid test" of Trikombi Technology under extreme conditions of climate change, he said.
Narciso Manlapaz, a farmer from Apalit town, has made an experimental planting of rice crops in a five-hectare land using the technology.
"We ask you to visit Narciso Manlapaz and see for yourself and validate our claims," Dizon said.
Manlapaz's palay, which was treated with Trikombi, withstood strong winds during the onslaught of Typhoon "Santi."
"His five hectares of different qualities of hybrid rice were treated with the Trikombi Technology, and only his five hectare area was still standing after the typhoon. The 30 hectares of his neighbors were severely lodged," he said.
The Trikombi Technology, he said, is a novel holistic approach that keeps the plant healthy through the Integrated Nutrient Management Practice and Preventive Nutrition that increase plant resistance against diseases and negative impact of climate change.
At the same time, it can reduce chemical fertilizer use by 50% and increases yield of marginal farmers up to 25%, Dizon said.
Sample of the product was given to the Nueva Ecija Irrigators Association to cover 250 hectares of planted palay.
Dizon said the group ordered an additional volume of fertilizer, enough to cover 10,000 hectares, this coming main season.
Farmers believe their losses will be a measly 5 to 10% compared to the 20 to 30% previous losses, Dizon said.
Dizon said he took him 25 years to fully develop the product.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on November 01, 2013.