Terry and his giant pumpkin

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by: Radhica De Silva

Chairman of the Sangre Grande Regional Corporation Terry London, centre, shows off the giant pumpkin he picked from his garden to Minister of Local Government Kazim Hosein, right, and Chairman of the Penal/Debe Regional Corporation Dr Allen Sammy. The pumpkin weighs over 100 pounds.

RISHI RAGOONATH

Chair­man of the To­co/San­gre Grande Re­gion­al Cor­po­ra­tion Ter­ry Ron­don says he has reaped a pump­kin weigh­ing more than 100 pounds from his gar­den at To­co.

Ron­don brought the pump­kin to share with his lo­cal gov­ern­ment col­leagues dur­ing a con­sul­ta­tion with Min­is­ter of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Kaz­im Ho­sein, held at the Pe­nal/Debe Re­gion­al Cor­po­ra­tion on Tues­day.

Ron­don said he got the seeds and de­cid­ed to plant them.

“I had no idea it will get to this size. I de­cid­ed to bring this one and share it up,” Ron­don said. He added that there were more un­usu­al­ly large pump­kins grow­ing in his field at To­co.

Agri­cul­ture econ­o­mist Omar­dath Ma­haraj said a pump­kin of that size was un­usu­al as reg­u­lar pump­kins grown in T&T weighed be­tween a few pounds to 30 plus pounds.

“It could be a dif­fer­ent va­ri­ety of seeds. I would like to look at it to de­ter­mine whether it was the re­sult of plant sci­ence,” he said. Ma­haraj not­ed that the Chi­nese squash pump­kin, a prod­uct of Chi­nese plant sci­ence, is now pop­u­lar in T&T and brought high­er re­turns for farm­ers.

He said tra­di­tion­al­ly, the cra­paud-back pump­kin grow­ing in T&T re­sult­ed in wastage.

“When a farmer cuts a few slices of a cra­paud-back pump­kin to sell, most times the rest of the pump­kin is wast­ed. With the Chi­nese squash, the farmer has the op­por­tu­ni­ty to sell the en­tire pump­kin so there is no wastage.”

He said gi­ant pump­kins could be grown for in­dus­tries and farms that deal with pro­cess­ing.

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