The SINTA PAPAYA, a hybrid developed by the Institute of Plant Breeding at UP Los Baños, 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 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.