Home-grown bi-color sweet corn unveiled
CNATAIPEI -- The Council of Agriculture unveiled its first bi-color sweet corn Tuesday that can be grown in Taiwan's baking-hot summer, with the aim of boosting farmers' revenues by two to three times.
August 21, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
Developed by the council's research station in Tainan over eight years, the No. 27 yellow-white sweet corn is more heat-resistant than other bi-color breeds favored in Taiwan — mostly foreign breeds that can only be planted in fall or winter, according to the council.
A trial of the No. 27 sweet corn began in June on two farms in Yunlin County, and the new breed can be priced as high as NT$17 (US$0.57) per kilogram, compared with NT$6 to NT$8 for other local breeds of yellow sweet corn, the council said.
“The new breed is easier to grow and is suited to local weather. We hope its high quality can help increase domestic farmers' revenues,” said Dennis Wang, director of the council's Tainan District Agricultural Research and Extension Station.
The new breed's higher price is attributed mainly to the fact that it is sweeter than the yellow sweet corn.
The council will start to transfer the necessary technology to local farmers and offer them seeds, with small-scale mass production scheduled for next year, Wang told a press briefing.
Taiwan has about 8,000 hectares given over to sweet corn, of which bi-color breeds make up 10 to 20 percent, said Yu Tien-jung, chief of the Puzi branch of the Tainan District Agricultural Research and Extension Station.
With the increasing production of the No. 27 breed, the market share of bi-color sweet corn is forecast to rise by 3 percent next year, Yu said.