Makandura Agricultural Research Institute Introduces 44 New Hybrid Anthuriums
Makandura Agricultural Research Institute at Kuliyapitiya yesterday hit the market with its latest creations- 44 new hybrid anthurium species and two pineapple varieties.
Officials of the Makandura Agricultural Research Institute said that in addition to these 44 anthurium species, two more anthurium species were named “Lanka Beauty” and “Lanka Kumari” and Names have not yet been proposed for pineapple varieties.
According to Director of the Research institute Dr. M. Nijamuddin, introducing these new species to people who are engaged in the cultivation of anthurium flowers has been successful.
Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera observed that the new anthurium species are of bright colours and with an enhanced longevity.
Research officials stated that the color did not change and the flowers did not whither for about a week.
Anthurium cultivation is very popular among Sri Lankan housewives and since Anthurium cultivation can be done as a self-employment to earn money from home, the agricultural research officials said that steps will be taken to introduce these new varieties to the country as soon as possible, a Ministry spokesman said.
The two new varieties of pineapple according to the institute are without thorns and have a sweet taste.
The minister also observed that the two pineapple varieties being dark green and light yellow, have an attractive appearance. These two pineapple varieties can be used for export because of the ability to grow those using organic fertilizers.
The Minister also advised to take steps to start training programmes for farmers on new agricultural technology at least once a month in every farm especially under the Department of Agriculture.