Abun­dant hot chilli pep­per har­vest in Batan­gas

Agriculture - - Contents - BY JULIO P. YAP, JR.

Farmer Elmer L. Umali said his boun­ti­ful har­vest was re­al­ized af­ter cul­ti­vat­ing al­most 10,000 plants of the Pi­natubo F1 hy­brid pep­per va­ri­ety in his farm, which was in­tro­duced to him by the Al­lied Botan­i­cal Cor­po­ra­tion or ABC.

The har­vested “hot” chilli pep­pers from th­ese plants are read­ily bought by traders at the nearby mar­ket in Tanauan, also in Batan­gas. When asked why he pre­ferred the Pi­natubo F1 to other va­ri­eties, Umali said it could pro­vide him and his fam­ily with a higher yield. He also men­tioned that the va­ri­ety has bet­ter re­sis­tance against plant dis­eases, and is much eas­ier to man­age.

Umali said the Pi­natubo F1 was in­tro­duced to him by Leo Mon­dragon, the area sales man­ager of Al­lied Botan­i­cal Cor­po­ra­tion in Re­gion-4A. On the plant man­age­ment as­pect, ABC’s tech­ni­cal per­son­nel, in­clud­ing Ariel Marzan, a mar­ket de­vel­op­ment tech­nol­o­gist, and Elmer Ado­ray, an agron­o­mist, pro­vided him with tech­ni­cal sup­port in re­la­tion to the proper care of the Pi­natubo F1 va­ri­ety.

For his part, Mon­dragon said the Pi­natubo F1 va­ri­ety is a pun­gent hy­brid hot pep­per that can be used ei­ther fresh or for pro­cess­ing pur­poses. He added that it is twice as hot as the Thai Hot pep­per, and is now be­ing sold and ac­cepted by ma­jor food pro­ces­sors in the coun­try for the pro­duc­tion of var­i­ous hot sauces. The Pi­natubo F1 is said to have 180,000 to 200,000 Scov­ille heat units.

The Scov­ille in­dex is the mea­sure of hot­ness in chilli, and was named af­ter Wil­bur Scov­ille of the United States who de­vel­oped the heat in­dex for chillis.

Mon­dragon ex­plained that Thai­land’s hot pep­per is said to have 90,000 Scov­ille heat units only, while the Tin­gala (a lo­cal va­ri­ety) has 120,000 Scov­ille heat units.

Af­ter find­ing out that the Pi­natubo F1 was more pro­lific,

Umali said he will be de­vel­op­ing an ad­di­tional area at his rented farm to plant the va­ri­ety. He said this could dou­ble his har­vest while at the same time in­creas­ing his in­come, which he said will aug­ment his ca­pac­ity to pay for the ser­vices be­ing pro­vided by the farmhands he em­ployed to take care of his farm.

Aside from the Pi­natubo F1, Umali also planted the ABC’s Pani­gang Best F1 hy­brid pep­per va­ri­ety around the bor­der of his farm. This va­ri­ety, he said, is also pro­lific and helps pro­vide him with an ad­di­tional in­come source.

Farmer Elmer L. Umali proudly shows some of the fruit­ing Pi­natubo F1 hy­brid pep­per va­ri­ety at his farm in Barangay San Fer­nando, Sto. To­mas, Batan­gas.

Some of the ready-to-har­vest hot chilli pep­pers at the farm of Elmer Umali in Batan­gas.

Elmer F. Umali and his father (fourth and fifth from left, re­spec­tively) pos­ing with (from left) Al­lied Botan­i­cal Cor­po­ra­tion (ABC) Mar­ket De­vel­op­ment tech­nol­o­gist Ariel Marzan, ABC Area Sales Man­ager for Re­gion 4A Leo Mon­dragon, ABC agron­o­mist Elmer Adonay, ABC Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment as­so­ciate Chris­tine Joy Man­alo and some vil­lagers dur­ing the re­cent mini har­vest fes­ti­val at his farm in Barangay San Fer­nando, Sto. To­mas, Batan­gas.

Th­ese are some of Al­lied Botan­i­cal Cor­po­ra­tion’s Pani­gang Best F1 hy­brid pep­per va­ri­ety which Elmer Umali planted around the board­ers of his farm – an ad­di­tional in­come gen­er­a­tor for him.

Some of the neatly kept chilli plants at the rented farm of Elmer Umali in Batan­gas.

Close-up of the ma­ture Pi­natubo F1 hy­brid pep­per va­ri­ety.

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