The more than 200 attendees at the Field Days held in Roquetas de Mar were surprised by Izal, the first Dutch cucumber from Sakata for Almeria.
Izal grows on a very open, small-leaved plant that is very strong and generative. It yields dark, very shiny, straight, ribbed fruits that have no bottleneck. In addition, they maintain their quality from the beginning to the end of the cycle and have a very good post-harvest, which means good business for farmers. "Izal maintains its quality throughout the production cycle, which allows us to arrive with very good characteristics, especially in the months of January and February, a time when prices usually benefit farmers," stated Matias Garcia, Sakata Seed Ibérica's commercial manager in Almeria. In addition, the technical team focuses on the fruit's quality in the regrowth, a quality that must undoubtedly be highlighted.
Germán, the company's cucumber product manager, spoke about the cucumber project that Sakata is working on in Almeria: “Our mission is to continue working to complete the cucumber cycle in Almeria. The fundamental pillars that we seek are the quality of the fruit, the structure of the plant, and the resistance packages. We are currently working on varieties that are resistant to New Delhi and our next release for spring and summer, Dorian, has a wide package of resistances; we are testing its resistance against CGMMV."
Behind every Sakata variety for Almeria, there is a story. “Several of the people who worked in the cucumber project group listen to indie music. We decided to make a list of our favorite groups and name our next varieties after them. We started with Izal,” stated Cecilio Fernandez, Trial Officer. The group's music and lyrics accompany Sakarta's new variety. As one of their great hit songs states, it's a little great revolution.
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