COMPASS is the name of a promising variety of bell pepper being introduced for high-elevation planting under rain shelter.
In a demo planting at the research farm of Allied Botanical at the Benguet State University campus in La Trinidad, the plant averages a yield of 3 kilos per plant. But there are plants that yield more.
A total of 800 plants can be grown in a 200-square meter lot. If each plant gives 3 kilos during a growing season of 8 to 10 months, that’s equivalent to 2.4 tons.
During off-season, the usual price per kilo is P160. That means the 2.4 tons will gross P384,000 from just 200 square meters!
During on-season, the price could go down to P60 per kilo. Even at that price, the gross sales from the 200 square meters will be P144,000. Still not a bad gross income from that small lot.
The Allied technicians have technique to prolong the productive life of the bell pepper. They nip the growing point of the plant when it is one foot tall. Then they will maintain just two main branches to develop. This way, the plant could live productively up to 10 months.
The technicians explain that when the plant has many branches, it tends to die earlier.