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The Department of Agriculture Region IV-CALABARZON (DA-4A) through its High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) will conduct a “Vegetable Derby” to determine the best lowland vegetable varieties that can be subsidized and given to farmers.

The contest will be participated by four seed companies, to wit, Allied Botanical, East-West, Kaneko, and Ramgo.

The regional office identified and allotted 1,000 sq.m. of land area at Quezon Agricultural Research and Experiment Station (QARES) located in Brgy. Lagalag, Tiaong, Quezon for each participating seed company wherein they will establish their respective technology demonstration showcasing the different lowland vegetable varieties.

Among the crops to be planted are eggplant (Hybrid F1 and Open Pollinated Variety OPV); tomato (F1 and OPV); pepper (F1 and OPV); bitter gourd (F1 and OPV); squash (F1 and OPV); pole sitao (OPV); and okra (OPV).

A harvest festival will be conducted on July 10, 2021 (tentative) to be attended by farmers for them to witness the different crop agronomic characteristics and weigh fruits to cover the yield of each variety. ####

[Photos courtesy of Ms. Redelliza Gruezo]