PROMIS­ING VA­RI­ETIES AT THE HAR­VEST FES­TI­VAL

Agriculture - - From The Editor - >BY ZAC B. SARIAN

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.

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