Pilar, Bohol's Giant Harvests
by Carine M. Asutilla (ABS-CBN News Central Visayas)
Bananas are known as miracle food. Nutritionists say that it is a must to include bananas in our daily diet being a good source of potassium and fiber.
In Pilar, Bohol, residents do not worry of hypertension, ulcer damage, low vision, and weak bones as they have more than enough supply of bananas in their town.
Farmers proudly displayed their banana harvest in their Agri-Fair during the town's 50th Founding Anniversary.
21 booths from 21 barangays of Pilar displayed different varieties of bananas like cardava, murado, and tindok.
But their bananas are not the kinds that we find in fruit stands and markets, as their sizes are three-folds larger than the usual.
Raquel Lacan, Barangay Farming Technician said that their bananas are products of their experiment in cross breeding. Lacan said that the town wants to produce export quality products like their bananas and other crops. Farming is the main livelihood of residents in Pilar.
Aside from their "giant bananas," farmers also displayed their coconuts weighing up to 7 kilos. Their taros (locally known as gabi), weighs up to 12 kilos, and their ginger weighing more than 1 kilo.