Philippines: Bulacan-grown strawberries prove popular

People are accustomed to strawberries growing in cool climate areas of the Philippines, like Benguet province. But despite an average temperature of 29o Celsius in Barangay Calumpang, farmer Andre Borja is growing 30,000 strawberry plants there on the four-hectare Reyes Strawberry Farm.

Recently, Reyes has become one of the province’s farm tourism destinations. This tourist influx, in fact, cost the farm dearly in 2017 when visitors plucked every berry they could find. “So many people came and we didn’t turn them away because it was nice to have that kind of attention. But almost 5,000 fruit-bearing shrubs were damaged.”

With 8,000 mother plants, Borja will have the strawberry farm blooming again in eight to nine months. According to a article, Borja started the strawberry farm in 2013, growing berries of the “Bicol Hawaiian variety,” which thrives in warm weather.

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