IN KOREA: Sweet Pepper Can Produce 5 Kg Per Plant

IN KOREA: Sweet Pepper Can Produce 5 Kg Per Plant

In Korea, Mike Caballes of Allied Botanical reports that sweet pepper grown under greenhouse can yield as much as 5 kilos per plant. In the Philippines, it would already be very good if one plant can produce 3 kilos.

IN KOREA: Sweet Pepper Can Produce 5 Kg Per Plant
Trainees on integrated pest management inside a greenhouse planted to sweet pepper. (Photos: by Mike Caballes)

Mike was invited to attend a two-week training on integrated pest management that minimizes the use of chemical pesticides. In the training they were familiarized with the use of yellow sticky trap, sticky yellow roller trap, solar insect trap, and the use of bumble bees to improve pollination of pepper, tomato and strawberry.

IN KOREA: Sweet Pepper Can Produce 5 Kg Per Plant

IN KOREA: Sweet Pepper Can Produce 5 Kg Per Plant
Sweet peppers sell for as much as US$1.80 per piece if grown organically. (Photos: by Mike Caballes)

The use of bumble bees to pollinate the pepper plants could be one reason  why the Koreans can produce 5 kilos of fruits per plant. In one square meter, there are three plants so the production is 15 kilos per sq.m.  One square meter can therefore yield a significant income. According to Mike, one fruit that is considered organic or produced under good agricultural practices (GAP) can fetch US$1.80.

Mike Caballes showing bell pepper grown under greenhouse in Allied Botanical's experimental farm in La Trinidad, Benguet.
Mike Caballes showing bell pepper grown under greenhouse in Allied Botanical’s experimental farm in La Trinidad, Benguet.
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