Papaya trees can grow to extreme heights which can make it difficult to reach the fruit. Using a ladder or specially designed picker on a long pole is necessary. Planting hybrid varieties that are shorter will solve that problem. We grow a mix of these since the larger trees bear more fruit and I prefer the taste of them as well.
After the latest typhoon, many of the trees snapped in half due to the number of papayas growing on the tops. They could not handle the weight combined with the force of the winds. Some people prefer to rip out the trees and start over. An alternative that we typically employ is to remove the half that is split on the top and let the bottom grow new trunks. It is simple to do this. We stuff the hollow center with mud and cover it with plastic on the top to prevent rotting from the rain.