Project Code: 154
    The existing chilli plants available in the market are prone to diseases especially among chilli plant viruses. The plant habits were also not synchronised, the ripening was not synchronised or determinate, the plant was also not resistant to lodging, harvesting was a lot of a hassle and large scale planting is risky. The most common chilli disease is the Crinkling chilli leaves disease caused by viruses causing less fruit yield, low fruit quality and these had caused a less interest among farmers.
Project Overview

This innovative variety of chilli is ahead of the other varieties of chilli in the market particularly in term of the synchronised flowering and fruit maturity characteristics.

In other varieties of chilli, time and resources are required in harvesting every 3 days for 3 months period. However, with the Cilibangi variety, harvesting can be performed synchronisedly once every 3 months. This will give benefit to the farmers as they can perform strategic planning to ensure predictable continuous supply of chillies to the market. Unlike Cilibangi, farmers will be able to harvest between 2.7 kg to 3 kg in a standard fertigation system as compared to 2.5 kg to 2.7 kg in Kulai variety.

The market for chilli is not limited to local market only, but it extends to the whole Asian regions where most localities from Thailand, Indonesia, India, Vietnam and Korea are avid spicy food eaters. Most of these countries including Malaysia have their ethnic foods cooked and prepared using many kinds of Chillies (Frost & Sullivan: Market Insight 2002).

Locally, product deployment will be easier with the help of the Department of Agriculture and relevant agencies like Pasar Tani.

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