Syngenta and Zeraim are promoting their pepper range with resistance to powdery mildew and nematodes all year long.
The demand for ecological fruit and vegetables is a growing trend and it means a competitive advantage for companies in south eastern Spain, particularly in Almeria, which have a high production supply all year long. In this context, Syngenta and Zeraim have plenty to say, as they grow 30.000 t of ecological peppers with extra-resistant varieties.
Alejandro Pascual, Pepper Product Development Specialist Iberia for both companies, advanced to Fruit Today that regarding resistant materials the market is going to completely change. “Each year farmers want to guarantee their production more. Currently, there are no significant differences between the materials, some stand out due to their quality or production (such as Melchor), but the mediocre varieties are going to disappear.”
Both Syngenta and Zeraim are focusing their efforts on promoting the excellence of their products and increasing the ‘extra-resistant’ line. This can be seen from their latest launches: Hokkaido and Saitama (for late cycle) from Syngenta. These complete their catalogue of products with resistance to powdery mildew for red and yellow peppers in all the cycles. Their fruit, size, shape and colour are very similar, with only their planting dates differing. Both are quite productive, homogeneous from start to finish and they have resistance to powdery mildew and nematodes, as well as not suffering from silvering.
The Syngenta brand also offers the yellow California peppers Kyoto (early cycle) and Kaamos (medium-late cycle), and the red peppers, Bokken (early) and Kabuki and Kiruna (medium cycle).
At Zeraim, they have strong varieties with resistance in late cycle such as the consolidated Carlomagno and Pizarro and Churchill (new this year) for late cycle that can be planted from the end of July until August.
Likewise, in 2020/21 Zeraim will launch 5 varieties that are resistant to powdery mildew and some with resistance to nematodes. Two in early cycle (red and yellow) and some in late cycle. “We believe that they will easily find a place on the market due to the results we are seeing in the fields.”
Therefore, Syngenta and Zeraim are offering an extensive range with resistance to powdery mildew and nematodes all year long. An element of quality that stamps an added safety bonus for the chain.