This farmer from Benguet was amazed to harvest a huge white ube! He is Homer Menzi who was lucky enough to have such an amazing harvest. Would you believe that he harvested a 6-feet tall white ube and it actually weighs about 28 kilos! The farmer was later dubbed by the public as the “Ube Man”. He revealed in an interview that they have planted it quite some time already and it took them some time to finally harvest it because he went to Agoo. And when they finally harvest the root crop, he was really surprised to see how much it has grown.
Homer’s cousin revealed that it was not the first time that they harvested such huge Ube because they also had a 13-kilo Ube before.
“Noong una kasi may ganun din kaso 13 kilos lang. Natutuwa kami kasi may ganun kalaking ube, naaliw lang na i-post ito.”
As per Michelle Saingan, an agricultural technologist of Tuba, Benguet, the secret to growing the giant ube is good and fertile soil. “The ube kasi, the longer na nagse-stay siya sa lupa nagshi-shrink siya, liliit or mayroon din ‘yung tinatawag na palayon o mabubulok ‘yun sa ilalim ng lupa. Kaya ‘yung ube ni Homer siguro isa-subject natin siya for further study. Mas maganda kung ‘yung lupa malambot, wag ‘yung matigas para madaling tumubo, gaya nito fertile ng lupa.” She said.
Homer has already sold the giant ube to the popular pasalubong store in Baguio City, the Good Shepherd. The purchasing officer of Good Shepherd, Michael Amagod, was also amazed with the size of the white ube.
“Maliban sa organized farmers namin sila, quality rin kasi ‘yung seedlings na itinatanim nila kaya bubunga ng quality so bale na-surprise ako na makakita ng ganyan kalaking ube.” He explained.
A lot of people were amazed with such huge root crop! It was such a great blessing to the farmers and it only goes to show that their soil is very good when it comes to farming.