Bet­ter yield with hy­brid radish from Ramgo

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RADISH is very easy to grow. A mem­ber of fam­ily Bras­si­caceae and a cousin of cab­bage, radish comes in var­i­ous shapes, sizes, and col­ors. Of­fer­ing a slightly spicy and sweet taste, this pun­gent and crunchy tap­root has a spe­cial place in the hearts of veg­gie lovers. Radish is also a com­mon choice for home gar­den­ers and big land grow­ers. Radish farm­ing is one of the sources of in­come in CALABARZON. How­ever, root de­for­ma­tion, low tol­er­ance to pests and dis­eases, and more re­jects have been a chal­lenge.

In light of these prob­lems, Ramgo In­ter­na­tional Cor­po­ra­tion has in­tro­duced a new high yield­ing hy­brid radish va­ri­ety, Mt. Data, to pro­vide ex­cel­lent qual­ity radish com­pared to the usual open pol­li­nated seeds that are more sus­cep­ti­ble to com­mon radish dis­eases.

Eddie Quinto, veg­etable farmer and radish grower for 15 years from Sta. Lu­cia, Dolores, Que­zon, is very much de­lighted with Radish Mt. Data. He tried the va­ri­ety dur­ing two—one was dur­ing the dry sea­son which is some­time in April and the other one was in Oc­to­ber dur­ing the wet sea­son.

For his first har­vest last sum­mer, he was able to har­vest two tons of Class A us­ing 1 kilo of Mt. Data seeds. Usu­ally, radish can be har­vested un­til its 4th har­vest. From one and a half kilo of Mt. Data seeds, Quinto was able to har­vest 7,500 ki­los, com­pared to 4,500 ki­los har­vested from one kilo of ppen pol­li­nated seeds (OP). He was very sat­is­fied with the re­sults of his har­vest be­cause of the higher yield, high Class A re­cov­ery, and min­i­mal re­jects.

He then ven­tured into plant­ing dur­ing the off-sea­son to ob­serve the va­ri­ety’s vig­or­ous­ness and abil­ity to with­stand rains and cold weather. De­spite the very chal­leng­ing weather, Quinto still har­vested good qual­ity Radish Mt. Data.

A first time user, Aris Arviso from Liliw La­guna, is a proud grower of Radish Mt. Data. He im­me­di­ately ob­served its high ger­mi­na­tion and high Class A re­cov­ery. It was his first time plant­ing Radish Mt. Data and he took the risk of plant­ing it in July and Au­gust, which is the wet sea­son. He was able to har­vest more than 700 ki­los Class A on his first har­vest from his ¼ hectare farm land, and sold it for as much as R30 per kilo.

Ac­cord­ing to him, Mt. Data yielded more com­pared to his pre­vi­ous OP seed va­ri­ety. Mt. Data is very tol­er­ant to dis­eases such as blight and rot­ting. Arviso says grow­ers and buy­ers look for radish pro­duce that have smooth and white skin, uni­form and white roots, and with min­i­mal re­jects. He was very happy when he learned about how Mt. Data ful­filled his re­quire­ments. He added that in­stead of us­ing 4 ki­los of open pol­li­nated seeds, he was able to use only 2 ki­los of Radish Mt. Data seeds. With this, he was very sat­is­fied with re­sults of as­sured high ger­mi­na­tion rate and higher yield of ex­cel­lent Class A

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