By Nel B. Andrade

TANAY, Rizal- Who says that fresh strawberries can only be found in Baguio and Benguet?

Municipal Agriculture Office head, Romeo Cruz has posted on Facebook, a picture of strawberry plants in plastic bags in a green house. Dozens of strawberry fruits are also shown in the same FB post of Cruz, which has earned 349 likes.

When contacted by Manila Bulletin, Cruz confirmed the existence of the mini strawberry plantation that is located in one of the town’s upland villages, Barangay Cayabu, which is the town’s smallest barangay.

Cruz said the strawberry plantation is the product of the hobby of Barangay Chairman Anthony Bolaňos during the quarantine days.

The discovery of the strawberry plantation of the village leader was only an accident as Cruz was inspecting the fish pond development program in the upland barangay.

Tanay Municipal Agriculture Officer Romeo Cruz shows off the green house with strawberry plants. Cruz said the strawberry plants are owned by Barangay Cayabu Chairman Anthony Bolanos, who just planted the strawberry during the start of the quarantine in the province. Several strawberries have so far been harvested from the mini strawberry plantation. The municipal government hopes to propagate strawberry farming in this municipality soon. (Photo grab from Romeo Cruz FB post/ Nel B. Andrade)

Cruz revealed that the cold weather in upland villages may be one of the factors why strawberries, and other fruits which we normally see in other upland provinces, can also thrive in the mountains of Tanay.

In fact, some farmers in that area, had already produced good variety of strawberries including the giant sized ones. Cruz recalled that during a past agriculture fair hosted by the municipal government, a farmer has brought a variety that was far larger than the strawberry fruit that can be found in Baguio.

With the discovery of the strawberry farm of Chairman Bolaňos, Cruz said his office may soon consider training local farmers on latest farming techniques on strawberry propagation.

Barangay Cayabu is also home to the town’s dragon fruit farms according to Joicee Gapido, of the office of Mayor Rex Manuel Tanjuatco.