More than 150 farmers and other stakeholders in the vegetable industry from various provinces in Luzon witnessed the performance of 37 new hybrid vegetables and other high-value crops during a field day in Balibago,Tarlac City, on May 30, 2019.The event was staged by Chia Tai (Philippines) Inc. headed by Cris Alibuyog, managing director.
Despite the challenging conditions of drought and high temperatures, the varieties emerged impressive with their excellent performance. The hybrid seeds included traditional varieties of sweet corn and a number of sweet waxy corn that come in white and colored varieties. Among them is Magenta, a waxy purple corn that is claimed to be rich in anthocyanin and with 25% sweetness. Other varieties are Sta. Maria purple, a bicolor which is early maturing at 63 to 65 days after planting; Sweet Ivory which produces big ears with sweet waxy kernels; and Sweet Nirvana which is an all-season variety that can be planted in both wet and dry seasons. It produces medium size ears prized for their sweetness and tolerance to diseases.
Random checking with the field day attendees revealed that they were impressed by the good stand of the crops and the quality of their fruits. Among the outstanding crops heavily laden with fruits was the White Star sitao or string bean with light green pods that are firm, and with long productive life. Green Arrow, Green Spear and Jade Empire are hybrid bitter gourd or ampalaya that also performed very well under the growing conditions in Tarlac. Watermelons and melons were also among the star performers at the field day. These include the watermelons like Predator, Terminator, Sweet Royale, Andromeda, Yellow Princess and Black Raptor. The melons include Royal Gold Solar Sweet and Royal Honey Dew.
Also showcased during the field day were varieties of tomato, eggplant, patola, cucumber, gourd or upo and pumpkin or squash. The pumpkin varieties are Maligat and Early Gold.
Chia Tai is a well established company in Thailand which has a legacy of almost 100 years and has long been serving the global market. Over the years, Chia Tai brand has earned the global reputation of being a Trusted Friend creating high quality seeds that build success for partners. The company looks forward to greater opportunity of developing new products and solutions for the Philippines to meet the challenges of the future, says Cris Alibuyog, Chia Tai Philippines managing director.