Two new superhot chillies developed by East-West Seed

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This is the Habanero Piquante Red hybrid hot pepper recently released by East-West Seed for commercial cultivation in East and West Africa where the market is big. This variety was field tested in the Philippines and the result is very positive. The plant has strong vigor and is high-yielding. It can be planted in both the wet and dry seasons. There’s no known date yet, however, when this variety will be launched for commercial planting in the Philippines.

Two new Habanero chilli varieties developed by East-West Seed are said to perform well under Philippine conditions both in the wet and dry seasons. This was learned from Ramil Panergayo, the company’s product and market combination manager. These are the Piquante Red and the Piquante Yellow which are claimed to be three times hotter than the company’s current bestseller, Red Hot. These Habanero varieties produce bigger fruits than Red Hot. It takes only 100 to 120 fruits of the Habanero types to make a kilo whereas it takes more 600 fruits of Red Hot to make a kilo.

The Piquante Red has strong plant vigor and is considered early maturing at 75 to 85 days after transplanting. The fruits which are 4.5 x 3 cm are light green when immature but bright red when ripe. Aside from its pungency, it is also prized for its very high aroma that connoisseurs usually look for. Piquante Yellow also has strong plant vigor and good foliage cover that protects the fruits from sun scalding. Fruits are bright yellow when mature with high pungency and aroma. The fruit is 4.3 cm long and 3.3 cm wide.

Aside from being consumed fresh, the two varieties are good candidates for making hot sauces, powder and flakes. The two varieties will be launched for commercial planting in East and Wesf Africa this year and next year, according to Panergayo. It is not yet known when they will be released for commercial planting in the Philippines.

SMALL, SWEET WATERMELON – Allied Botanical launched its new watermelon variety at the recent Agrilink trade show at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. This is the Fairy hybrid developed by Takii Seed of Japan. The new variety is remarkable for its sweetness as well as its small size of just over two kilos per fruit. Being small, it is very saleable in the market. The crimson red flesh is sweet and juicy. It can be consumed fresh, made into juice or used as ingredient in salads. Fairy is ideal for growing in the home garden as well as in bigger farms. It can be allowed to crawl on the ground or on trellis.  It is early maturing at 55 days after planting.

PAMPANGA IS AMPALAYA COUNTRY – Much of the ampalaya production in Luzon is in Pampanga. Leading the other towns is Floridablanca where no less than 250 hectares are devoted to this pinakbet vegetable year-round. Other towns producing ampalaya are Lubao, Arayat and others. One of the big planters in Floridablanca is Brgy. Captain Ronnie Capulong of Brgy. San Ramon. He has been growing ampalaya as early as when he was just 11 years-old. His father and grandfather were growing ampalaya as far as he could remember. Today, he is planting the Mestiza variety because it is resistant to the Namamarako disease and is high-yielding. The light green color of the Mestiza fruit is well liked in the market because it is perceived to be less bitter than the very dark varieties.

WHAT’S WRONG WITH AGGIE GRADS? – That’s what a lady farm owner was asking our group in a meeting. She said that a Los Baños graduate whom she expected to make her farm profitable resigned after just a few weeks. He gave up his job as farm manager and accepted a job as instructor in an agricultural school. Maybe, he will teach his students not to become hands-on agricultural practitioners?

The lady farm owner finally ended up with a girl who finished high school but who has attended seminars on the production of vegetables and other crops as well as hogs and chikckens. The lady farm owner now thinks women make better farm managers even if they are not college graduates. We also remember a fishpond owner in Negros who hired an all-women work crew. His reason? The girls don’t go to the beer garden at night and get drunk. Women are also more conscientious in doing their job, according to him.

Source: Manila Bulletin

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