Wax Gourd

Wax Gourd

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Originally, the wax gourd was a little-known cucurbit in the market, and for this reason, a low breeding priority. With no uniformity in size, colour or shape, the crop presented the chance for East-West Seed to make real developments in the field. When we introduced the first wax gourd hybrid variety onto the market we managed to turn this backyard crop into a real commercial opportunity for farmers. Since then, we’ve significantly improved the breed-quality and tolerance to certain cucurbit diseases.

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Pin Lohawithayakun

Plant Breeder

“As a plant breeder I can improve vegetables for the farmer.”

Pin is happy to have been working with East-West Seed for 16 years now. Pin firmly believes that East-West Seed wax gourds stand apart from competition because of their “good quality and improved virus tolerance.” He also reveals how his team have achieved significant results in improving resistance to the “geminivirus, transmitted by the whitefly vector.”

Pin goes on to discuss the Pinthong wax gourd variety, “a strong variety that no competitor can compete with.” Wax gourd sales have “expanded to fresh markets not only in Thailand, but in Vietnam, China, India—every country in the region. We have entered new segments in each market with our breeding changes to size, skin colour, both a waxy and waxless gourd, and aromatic gourds for good smell.”

When asked what excites him about his job, Pin explains, “When I was young, my family grew vegetables. This inspired me to get into plant breeding—because as a plant breeder I can improve vegetables for the farmer.”

In the next ten years, Pin wants to breed more added-value in the wax gourd “for the supermarket consumer, with improve taste and shelf-life.”