DANILO MATEO shows the long pods of the new stringbean (sitao), called Bonga, recently released by the East-West Seed Company.
This is a high-yielding variety that can produce 25 to 30 tons per hectare. The pods are dark green, 70 to 80 cm long with red tip.
Danny claims that his sitao are sweeter than most varieties in the market because he applies enough potash (0-0-60) to his plants just when they start bearing flowers. The potash should be buried in the soil because they are not readily absorbed by the roots if the fertilizer is just broadcast over the soil surface.
Danny is one of the outstanding farmers who will be honored by the East-West Seed Company during its 35th anniversary on December 12, 2012. His is a rags-to-riches story, thanks to high-value vegetables, including sweet corn. He is from Sulucan, Angat, Bulacan.