(St. Lucia Times) – The Taiwan Technical Mission (TTM) continues to conduct trials for new crop varieties to Saint Lucia. On Wednesday, 13th April, 2022, the team highlighted the production of two varieties of watermelon and a new variety of melon called Apple Melon.
The new varieties were grown from non-GMO seeds brought to Saint Lucia through the production team of the Taiwan Technical Mission.
The target for this training is to meet the needs of the local retail outlets and introduce to the farmers a variety of watermelon that may fetch a higher price on the retail market.
The training was conducted by Production Specialist, Mr. Eric Chen, and assisted by Technical Officer, Mr. Edward Wilson.
To commence the training, Mr. Chen highlighted the two varieties of watermelon on display — “Sweet Robin” and “Black Queen”. These are both yellow/orange-fleshed watermelons that are unfamiliar to local farmers.
The identifying characteristic of the Black Queen watermelon is its all-around dark skin color and small size. Both melons are smaller sized and average around 4.5 kg in weight.