Three new strains of plantain trees have been obtained from research stations in the country and given them to our farmers said the Provincial Deputy Director Agriculture, A.Selvarasa.
Elaborating further he said, the farmers in the North are interested in cultivating new varieties which will give increased yield. We have introduced new varieties and after experimental cultivation, we are issuing them to the farmers. In the current year we have introduced three new varieties. It is very costly to bring in new varieties from outside.
However the ‘cavendish’ variety created through tissue culture was cultivated very successfully here. The farmers are eager to cultivate this variety because its high yield and the easy exportability. We have also introduce high yield and disease resistant varieties of Chilies and Maize. These strains were ‘invented’ at the Maha Iluppallama Agricultural Research Station and were issued to 100 farmers. If the experiment successful, more farmers will be made available with the new varieties, he said.