— Broccoli and cauliflower grown on experimental plots at the Semongok Agriculture Research Centre (ARC) here are showing great potential, says Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.
“I have tasted both vegetables and they are actually not bad….maybe better than those imported from China and Australia as they are very fresh.
“These are high-value veggies and we hope to transfer our findings to the private sector so that they can venture into commercial cultivation. (Through this) we can reduce our imports and eventually when we have enough volume, we can export these vegetables.”
Uggah said this in a statement here following his visit to the centre this morning to view the development of the project.
Uggah, who is also state Agriculture Modernisation, Native Land and Regional Development Minister, said both vegetables were cultivated under sheds, fed organic supplements according to the schedule and were pesticide-free.
He said the veggies have also shown high tolerance to pests, diseases and lowland weather.
“Seeds from Taiwan and Japan are used for the broccoli and the crop can be harvested in 75 to 81 days after sowing.
“As for the cauliflower, both local and Taiwanese seeds are used and it can be harvested in 69 to 90 days,” he added.
Source: BERNAMA News Agency