Carlos Saplala. SeedWorks president and CEO, standing before a big expanse of standing Prolifica crop in Brgy. Santiago, Gerona, Tarlac when the variety was first introduced in the community. Photo by Zac B. Sarian.
A total of 108 hectares in Brgy. Santiago in Gerona, Tarlac are planted to no other eggplant variety but Prolifica for very good reasons. This was learned from Simeon Bautista, North Luzon area manager of SeedWorks Philippines that distributes the seeds.
The vegetable farmers of Gerona have been growing Prolifica for several years now and have continued to to plant the variety. True to its name, Prolifica is very prolific. On top of that the variety is resistant to pests and diseases. There is minimal damage from fruit and shoot borer, according to Bautista.
The fruits are of excellent eating quality and are ideal for “pinakbet”, torta or omelette, grilled and other preparations. The fruits have long shelf life and good shipping quality.
Because of its popularity, many seed retailers sell the seeds at a high price, according to Carlos Saplala, SeedWorks president and CEO. Actually, the retailers are making more money than we are, said Saplala.