New cel­ery thrives very well in cooler re­gions

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

DID YOU KNOW that there is a new cel­ery va­ri­ety—longer and heav­ier than most with­out being brit­tle—that can grow very well in the veg­etable ter­races of Loo in Buguias, Benguet? The va­ri­ety is the Stetham RZ F1 Hy­brid Cel­ery that was de­vel­oped by the Al­lied Botan­i­cal Cor­po­ra­tion (ABC) for plant­ing in high­land ar­eas like the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of Benguet.

Ac­cord­ing to Aldrin Bas­sit, the farm op­er­a­tion su­per­vi­sor of ABC, the va­ri­ety grows very well in the cooler re­gions of the coun­try, par­tic­u­larly in high al­ti­tude ar­eas where the tem­per­a­ture can drop be­tween 10 to 13 de­grees Cel­sius.

Dur­ing a re­cent har­vest event and farm­ers’ meet­ing hosted by ABC at the Loo, Buguias cam­pus of the Benguet State Univer­sity (BSU), par­tic­i­pants wit­nessed how pro­lific the va­ri­ety was, and how at­trac­tive the darker green color of its leaves was com­pared with the leaves and stalks of other cel­ery va­ri­eties grow­ing in the area.

BETTER VA­RI­ETY ABC mar­ket de­vel­op­ment tech­nol­o­gist Jerome Bec­nan says that the Stetham RZ F1 Hy­brid Cel­ery is aro­matic but with a light sweet taste. It fea­tures a long, heav­ier peti­ole or stalks, but is not brit­tle, which makes it a dark green heavy­weight plant.

For his part, Bas­sit says that Stetham Cel­ery has a higher re­cov­ery rate—about 85 to 90 per­cent—com­pared with other va­ri­eties which have 60 to 65 per­cent re­cov­ery rates.

The va­ri­ety is also early ma­tur­ing, which means it can be har­vested in just 60 to 65 days af­ter trans­plant­ing.

DIS­TINCT CHAR­AC­TER­IS­TICS Based on the field tri­als con­ducted by agron­o­mists on sev­eral veg­etable ter­races in Loo, Buguias, a head or a plant of the Stetham RZ F1 Hy­brid Cel­ery va­ri­ety can weigh as much as 485 grams, com­pared with an­other va­ri­ety which weighed

A por­tion of the veg­etable ter­races in Barangay Loo, Buguias, Benguet, where the Stetham RZ F1 hy­brid cel­ery va­ri­ety thrives. The va­ri­ety grows very well in cooler re­gions of the coun­try, par­tic­u­larly in high al­ti­tude ar­eas.

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