PROMISING VARIETIES AT THE HARVEST FESTIVAL
ONE REWARD you can derive from attending harvest festivals is that you come to know about promising crops as well as ideas and technologies that are showcased there. Just like when we attended the three-day harvest festival last September 8 to 10 at Farm 2 of Agri-Tech Integrated Services Company (Atisco) in Brgy. Talaga, Tanauan City. AMPALAYA - We were immediately impressed by the fruitfulness of the new Prolifica ampalaya variety planted by Bayer Vegetable Seeds, one of three seed companies that participated in showcasing their outstanding varieties in the Atisco farm. The other two are Allied Botanical Corporation and East-West Seed.
Prolifica is said to have been bred by a company in a South Asian country that is well known for its tropical vegetables and fruits. The Prolifica plants looked so healthy compared to other varieties entered in the vegetable derby.
Ampalaya, of course, is a good money-maker for many farmers. The price of this vegetable is usually higher than that of most pinakbet types. It is in demand throughout the year, and if one can produce it off-season, the profit can really be significant. If one is ahead of other planters in producing Prolifica for the market, one can make a lot of money.
UPO – Another impressive new variety is the Anokhi bottle gourd or upo showcased by Bayer Vegetable Seeds. This is also exceptionally prolific, with long cylindrical fruits that are an attractive green.
This variety is claimed to have strong vigorous vines with more branches that bear fruits. This variety is early maturing; in just 45 to 48 days from planting, the first fruits that are 30 to 45 centimeters (cm) long can be harvested. With adequate fertilization and soil moisture, the plants can be expected to bear continuously and prolifically. The fruits are also claimed to have good keeping and shipping qualities.
LOTS OF ATTENDEES - A record crowd of more than 500 farmers and other visitors
Jenny Remoquillo and the prolific Prolifica.
Dante Delima and the prolific Anokhi bottle gourd.