Myitmakha News Agency
Yangon, September 7 – the success of growing organic chili crops in Mandalay Region’s Kyaukse Township has expedited plans to expand cultivation of the fiery vegetable, Myitmakha News Agency has been told by the Pioneer Star Company – a joint business venture with local farmers.
The Pioneer Star Company partnered with five local farmers in June this year to plant a trial chili crop on five acres of land. The success of four of those five acres has been the catalyst to ramp up cultivation, with plans reportedly in place to plant a thirty-acre crop this September with fifteen farmers.
“Once we’re prepared the soil, with plant the chili crops with an organic fertilizer called compiex in lieu of employing the using industrial chemicals. We then rake the top-soil before planting the chili crops under plastic sheeting. Each of the chili plants are then watered with a gallon of water once every three days,” explained Kyaw Soe Thu, a member of the Pioneer Star Company.
The chili crops harvested from the trail batch have reportedly been sold and exported to Singapore.
“If cultivating chili crops with an ordinary method, the crops can only be harvested once every four months. Utilizing an organic method of cultivation however, expedites the process with chilies able to be picked once every six-to-ten weeks. Our initial success with planting a one-acre trial crop of chili means we’ll now replant our crops, expanding to three acres worth,” said Naing Htun Win, a chili grower associated with the Pioneer Start Company.
The current market price for a viss (1.6 kilograms) of the aforementioned organic chilies fetch K800, while an acre of chili plants can reportedly produce two tons worth of chilies, according to local growers.