Pinoys may soon grow macadamia trees
The Philippines may soon produce macadamia nuts as the agriculture department continues to study the feasibility of its development and commercial production.
The Bureau of Agricultural Research’s project of propagating and commercially producing macadamia nuts in Luzon has shown that the trees thrive well in Baguio City conditions.
The experimental station at the Bureau of Plant Industry-Baguio, where eight fully-grown macadamia trees are fruiting and giving source materials, showed that a one-hectare macadamia orchard with an initial capital of P205,000 would start yielding profit P591,800 from the 10th year onwards or a return on investment of 200 percent.
The BAR believes that macadamia, which is relatively drought tolerant, could be used as a cash crop for small farmers and a potential crop in areas with inadequate irrigation.
Macadamia plantings have been reported in the Ilocos region which is a relatively dry area.