By JULIO P. YAP, JR.
A practical farmer from Barangay San Fernando in Sto. Tomas, Batangas, was able to harvest at least one-ton or 1,000 kilos of chilli pepper per month from a 2,500-square meter farmland which he is just renting.
Farmer Elmer L. Umali said his bountiful harvest was realized after cultivating almost 10,000 plants of the Pinatubo F1 hybrid pepper variety in his farm which was introduced to him by the Allied Botanical Corporation or ABC.
The harvested “hot” chilli peppers from the almost 10,000 plants are readily bought by traders at the nearby market in Tanauan, also in Batangas.
When asked if why he preferred the Pinatubo F1 from the other varieties, Umali said it could provide him and his family a higher yield.
He also cited that the variety has a better resistance against plant diseases, and much easier to manage.
Umali said the Pinatubo F1 was introduced to him by Leo Mondragon, the area sales manager of Allied Botanical Corporation in Region-4A.
After finding out that the Pinatubo F1 is more prolific, Umali said he will be developing an additional area at his rented farm to plant the variety.
He said this could double his harvest, at the same time increase his income, which he said will augment his capacity to pay for the services being provided by the farmhands he employed to take care of his farm.
Aside from the Pinatubo F1, Umali also planted the ABC’s Panigang Best F1 hybrid pepper variety around the boarder of his farm, which he said is also prolific and provided him an additional income.
On the plant management aspect, Umali pointed out that the technical personnel of ABC, like Ariel Marzan, a market development technologist, and Elmer Adoray, an agronomist, provided him with technical support in relation to the proper care of the Pinatubo F1 variety.
For his part, Mondragon said the Pinatubo F1 variety is a pungent hybrid hot pepper that can be used either for fresh or for processing.
Adding that it is twice as hot as the Thai Hot pepper, and is now being sold and accepted by major food processors in the country for the production of various hot sauces.
The Pinatubo F1 is said to have 180,000 to 200,000 scoville heat units.
The scoville index is the measure of hotness in chilli, and was named after Wilbur Scoville of the United States who developed the heat index in chillis.
Mondragon explained that Thailand’s hot pepper is said to have 90,000 scoville heat units only, while the Tingala has 120,000 scoville heat units.