Wrapping fruits with bags keep their seeds unharmed
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol recommended farmers and plant owners to wrap fruiting abaca and other commodities with bags to keep them unharmed and pure.
According to him, bagging the fruit is very important in ensuring that the seeds produced by the fruiting Abaca are pure.
“Thanks to the transport strike, I was able to spend one more day in my farm and witnessed the bagging of the first fruit of the Abaca I planted September last year,” Piñol said.
He said that leaving fruiting commodities unprotected by a bag could result in cross-pollination and render the seeds useless.
“The bagging is a must not only because there are bananas being grown not far from my farm but also because I have actually planted four distinct varieties of Abaca,” Piñol further said.
“Producing Abaca planlets through seed germination is one of the three methods of propagating Abaca,” he added.