SeedWorks Philippines showcased most of its hybrid vegetable seed varieties through its Go Gulay Field Day held from Jan. 20 to 22, 2021 at the company’s Experimental Station in Talavera, Nueva Ecija.
“SeedWorks showcased and demonstrated the best characteristics of our hybrid vegetable seeds through the Go Gulay Field Day amid the new normal,” said SeedWorks Philippines North Luzon Area Sales Manager Simeon Bautista. “We have been consistently highlighting the advantages of hybrid crops that are high-yielding, highly tolerant to plant diseases, and resilient to adverse weather conditions with fruits that are of highest quality for the discerning consumers. We agree with the industry sentiment that sustainability is most crucial these times.”
SeedWorks’ three-day Go Gulay Field Day put the spotlight 11 high-yielding hybrid vegetable varieties, including the following:
Prolifica/Eggplant — A high-yielding variety that produces reddish-purple eggplant with higher shelf life and tolerance to wilt diseases.
Exotica XL/Long Green Hot Chili Pepper — A variety with extra-long and glossy light-green fruit (best for sinigang). The plant is tolerant to wilt and plant viruses.
Exotica Erect 6/Upright Red Hot Chili Pepper (labuyo) — Erect-type pepper with deep-red and high-pungency produce. The plant variety has high tolerance to viruses and leaf spot diseases.
Banahaw Green/String Bean (sitaw) — This variety yields dark-green string bean with a purple tip. It has a long shelf life and is tolerant to rust and bean mosaic viruses.
Winner/ Bitter Gourd (ampalaya) — The bitter gourd variety produces long and green fruit with excellent shelf life and tolerance to mosaic viruses and fusarium wilt.
Through its hybrid plant varieties and advanced crop science technology, SeedWorks has also been supporting the national government’s long-term goal to make the country a self-supporting and self-sustaining food producer. During the onset of the pandemic in 2020, the company backed DA’s Plant, Plant, Plant program that distributed vegetable seedlings to households nationwide so they can cultivate crops for their consumption amid the pandemic.