Three promising bitter gourd or ampalaya hybrids were among the more than 30 vegetables and other high-value crops that were launched on June 10, 2019 by Chia Tai (Philippines) Inc. at a hotel in Clark, Pampanga. The three hybrids are JADE EMPIRE, GREEN SPEAR and GREEN ARROW.
Jade Empire is an early maturing plant that produces big fruits, weighing 300 to 400 grams each or even bigger. It has very good fruit setting characteristics. It has intermediate foliage cover.
Green Arrow, on the other hand, is a vigorous and strong hybrid that produces large and heavy fruits. It can be planted any time of the year being an all-season variety.
Green Spear produces long and glossy green fruits with very good fruit setting ability. It is also highly tolerant to the “Barako” disease.
The three ampalaya hybrids are now released for commercial production by the newly inaugurated Chia Tai Philippines Incorporated based in Tarlac City with Crisanto Alibuyog as country manager. Alibuyog is an experienced seedsman who headed the research department of one of the big seed companies in the Philippines.
The Philippine company is a subsidiary of the oldest seed company in Thailand, the Chia Tai Company Ltd. that was established in 1921 or almost 100 years ago. The mother company has developed a wide array of tropical vegetable varieties that will eventually find their way to Philippine farms.