SINTA PAPAYA: Money-Maker In Sri Lanka

SINTA PAPAYA: Money-Maker In Sri Lanka
SINTA PAPAYA: Money-Maker In Sri Lanka
Photo shows Ric Reyes of East-West Seed and Menakat Janaka in Janaka’s papaya plantation inter-cropped with cauliflower.

The SINTA PAPAYA, a hybrid developed by the Institute of Plant Breeding at UP Los Baรฑos, has become a money-maker in Sri Lanka, according to Ric Reyes, Global PMC manager of East-West Seed. East-West was responsible for bringing Sinta seeds to Sri Lanka through Best Seeds Company, its partner in Colombo.

One pioneer ย Sinta grower is Menakat Janaka of Maeliya, Kurunagela who has been planting the hybrid papaya from the Philippines since eight years ago. According to Janaka, Sinta is prolific and the fruits are sweet. The plants are also resistant to diseases.

Janaka says he gets 70-75 marketable fruits per plant with average weight of 1 – 1.5 kilos per fruit. He sells his produce at the equivalent of P12 to P17 per kilo. That means he can get the equivalent of P870 to P1,232.50 per plant.

Janaka has another source of income from his papaya plantation. He plants cauliflower between his papaya trees. The Mareet F1 hybrid cauliflower, a variety developed by East-West Seed, performs well under hot climate. The plants are medium size. The short leaves allow close planting. This variety produces uniform heads that are pure white.

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4 thoughts on “SINTA PAPAYA: Money-Maker In Sri Lanka

  1. DEAR SIR,

    I NEED SINTA PAPAYA HI-BREAD VARIETY ON URGENT BASIS, THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENT IS 400 TINS. EACH TIN CONTAINS 1000 SEEDS THIS REQUIREMENT IS ON REGULAR BASIS ON MONTH TO MONTH. IMMEDIATELY REPLY AND CONFIRM THE AVAILABILITY OF THE MATERIAL

    1. You can contact the distributor of Sinta papaya in Colombo. This is the address:
      BEST SEEDS, 378/5 Sinha Place, Koswatta Rd, Kalapaluwawa, Rajagiriya, Colombo, Sri Lanka, phone +94 112 792857, Priyanka.

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