MARKET REPORT-WATERMELON SEED SELECTION

https://agroinfokenya.com/site/2016/10/21/1-the-very-basic-in-watermelon-farming/THE MARKET REPORT ON SEEDS (TIGER F1,SUKARI F1, MARIDADI F1)

as a duty to the farmer,and the promise of information dissemination, agroinfokenya will without bias post and share farmer experiences on various crops.kindly note that this is not meant to discredit the performanvce of any variety but to inform farmers in the area on what is happening.diffeent obdservations are welcomed on the same to increase our understanding of the same.

Agroinfokenya would wish to point ut that the published results are bound to change under different agronomic conditions such as utrition ,Ph and planting techniques,but not very much per-se on some parameters

Recent comparison

date of the regime:3/6/2016-10/9/2016

Area:Taveta

location:kimala

farmer:mr charles Lerumasi

cell:0715501395

farmer facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/charles.ngui.96?ref=br_rs

seeds compared: Sukari F1,tiger F1,and Maridadi F1

Agronomists:Dennis Nyandaya-crop nutrition

Joshua mutevu:Crop protection

Seeds source:Farmer innitiative

maridadi F1

maridadi F1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

farmers comments:

Seed size

  • Tiger F1 exhibited black and bigger fruits whereas sukari F1 and Maridadi f1 has small and golden seeds

Fruit size

  • Tiger F1 produces bigger uniform fruits of more than 8kgs
  • sukari F1 produces non uniform fruits of different sizes but has uniform maturity/ripening
  • Maridadi F1 has uniform medium sized fruits

Fruit shape

No difference was noted on the fruit shapes but maridadi F1 has a more oval shape that guarantees it the bigger size

Fruit sweetness

  • No major difference noted (maybe if this could be founfd if the farmer had the tool for easuring the brix index)

Keeping quality

  • Of all the varieties,maridadi F1 showed superb keeping quality followed by sukari F1 then Tiger F1.this,the farmer arrived at by monitoring the time taken  for the flesh to crumble when stored as he awaited the customers in his Taveta store.

Time taken to mature

  • The variations in the number of days was minimal and was overshadowed by the consecutive harvests before clearance of te fruits in the farm

NUTRITIONAL PROGRAM USED

kimala soils have a PH of  7.5, the peogramme used was YaraMila winner for planting at 100kg/acre. CAN for first topdres at 75kgs per acre

ON YIELD:

average yield of 13T/acre

Maridadi F1 gave the better yields (Total Tonnage) but on the market parameters,there wee variations on the distribution of fruit sizes in the three fruits.hence,profit realized from the three varieties will ultimately differ depending on the buyer preference and the market supply(this is a contentious issue)