By Arielina P. Arevalo

Radish is very easy to grow and comes in various shapes, sizes, and colors.

Radish is very easy to grow. A member of family Brassicaceae and a cousin of cabbage, radish comes in various shapes, sizes, and colors. Offering a slightly spicy and sweet taste, this pungent and crunchy taproot has a special place in the hearts of veggie lovers. Radish is also a common choice for home gardeners and big land growers.

Radish farming is one of the sources of income in CALABARZON. However, root deformation, low tolerance to pests and diseases, and more rejects have been a challenge.

In light of these problems, Ramgo International Corporation has introduced a new high yielding hybrid radish variety, Mt. Data, to provide excellent quality radish compared to the usual open pollinated seeds that are more susceptible to common radish diseases.

Eddie Quinto, vegetable farmer and radish grower for 15 years from Sta. Lucia, Dolores, Quezon, is very much delighted with Radish Mt. Data. He tried the variety during two—one was during the dry season which is sometime in April and the other one was in October during the wet season.

For his first harvest last summer, he was able to harvest two tons of Class A using 1 kilo of Mt. Data seeds. Usually, radish can be harvested until its 4th harvest. From one and a half kilo of Mt. Data seeds, Quinto was able to harvest 7,500 kilos, compared to 4,500 kilos harvested from one kilo of open pollinated seeds (OP). He was very satisfied with the results of his harvest because of the higher yield, high Class A recovery, and minimal rejects.

He then ventured into planting during the off-season to observe the variety’s vigorousness and ability to withstand rains and cold weather. Despite the very challenging weather, Quinto still
harvested good quality Radish Mt. Data.

A first time user, Aris Arviso from Liliw Laguna, is a proud grower of Radish Mt. Data. He immediately observed its high germination and high Class A recovery. It was his first time planting Radish Mt. Data and he took the risk of planting it in July and August, which is the wet season. He was able to harvest more than 700 kilos Class A on his first harvest from his ¼ hectare farm land, and sold it for as much as P30 per kilo.

According to him, Mt. Data yielded more compared to his previous OP seed variety. Mt. Data is very tolerant to diseases such as blight and rotting. Arviso says growers and buyers look for radish produce that have smooth and white skin, uniform and white roots, and with minimal rejects. He was very happy when he learned about how Mt. Data fulfilled his requirements. He added that instead of using 4 kilos of open pollinated seeds, he was able to use only 2 kilos of Radish Mt. Data seeds. With this, he was very satisfied with results of assured high germination rate and higher yield of excellent Class A compared to OP seeds. Radish Mt. Data is also a favorite of his farmers because it is much easier to clean, as the soil can be easily removed from its skin. Mt. Data also has heavier, larger, and whiter produce, unlike other varieties.

With these good results of Hybrid Radish Mt. Data, Lito Felismino, of Sta Lucia, Dolores, Quezon and a vegetable farmer for more than 40 years, excitedly said that he will use Mt. Data in the next planting season. He was also using OP seeds and observed the excellent harvest of his fellow farmers who were using Radish Mt. Data.

Quinto, Arviso, and Felismino were all satisfied with the successful results of Radish Mt. Data. They all stated that they will be planting Mt. Data in the next planting season.

This appeared in Agriculture Monthly’s January 2018 issue.