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The Marcos Dumandan Story

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Uploaded on Apr 11, 2011

The Marcos M. Dumandan farm is planted to coconut, cacao, durian, banana, and coffee.

Earlier, Mark had used commercial fertilizer solely to nourish his plants. But his training and earlier experiences firmed up his decision to shift to a system of balanced nutrition. He utilizes the organic and environment-friendly formulation called the MIRACLE SOIL CONDITIONER.

Gradually, Mark achieved optimum production and despite the decrease in input, his profits increased.

Dumandan also experimented on pruning the trees in his farm. Results showed that pruning improved the growth and increased production of the trees. Now, he performs heavy pruning, deleafing or debracting to ensure the quality of growth and production of the trees.

He showed that fruit pests can be managed with the use of a combination of creoline and 'tawas' and that this combination is as effective as commercial pesticides. The population of fruit borers, for instance, would still decrease with reduced material cost. This has encouraged him to shift from the use of expensive pesticides to the use of the creoline-tawas combination. Then, came the natural insect repellent MIRACLE SOIL CONDITIONER (MSC).

With the use of a grass cutter, he can weed a wider area and has cut down on the use of conventional weedicides, while reducing costs for hand weeding.

Shifting from the conventional mono-cropping to multi-cropping has improved productivity with several fruit-bearing plants growing in a given area. In addition, he has developed a scheduling of tasks so that only one person per day can maintain the farm, instead of the usual 4-5 men. This reduction in the labor force reduces the production costs and contributes to higher profit.

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