DA chief gears for fruit bats as his lanzones strees bear fruit
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said that while his rambutan fruit trees were a disappointment this season as the fruits cracked and fell to the ground, his seedless Longkong Lanzones which he planted 20 years ago are starting to produce the sweet golden fruits.
“Yesterday, I was delighted to discover that several trees already had ripe fruits while the others would be due for harvest by early September,” Piñol said.
Now, that fruits are starting to ripen, Piñol said he has to prepare and contend with his traditional competitors, which are the Fruit Bats.
He explained that Fruit Bats would swarm at the time when the fruits start to ripen and feast on the sweet Lanzones.
“We will hoist fine-meshed nets in between the rows of the Lanzones to prevent the Fruit Bats from swooping in,” Piñol said.
“It is, of course, added expense but it’s the only option to be able to harvest the fruits,” he added.
According to him, this is just one of the realities of farm life.