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Taiwan Tech mission conducts watermelon and apple melon variety trials in Saint Lucia

The Taiwan Technical Mission (TTM) is continuing trials for new crop varieties in Saint Lucia. In April, the team highlighted the production of two watermelon varieties and a new type of melon called apple melon. The new varieties were grown from non-GMO seeds brought to Saint Lucia through the production team of the TTM.

Production specialist Eric Chen and assisted by technical officer Edward Wilson 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.


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