TAWAU, May 5 (Bernama) -- Tawau has the potential to become a major producer
of the cili padi Semerah, says the Principal Research Officer of the Malaysian
Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI), Datin Dr Melor Rejab.
Melor said the cili padi Semerah which was developed by Mardi 17 years ago,
is the most easiest to look after, although there are some techniques for
planting and management that needs to be observed to ensure a satisfactory
"The demand for the cili padi Semerah is very encouraging and is an
excellent opportunity for the farmers of Tawau," she told Bernama after visiting
a number of chili padi Semerah farms at Kampung Sungai Tongkang, Pulau Sebatik
Yesterday, about 100 farmers from throughout Tawau attended a course on
technology transfer in the farming of the cili padi Semerah, organised by the
Tawau Agricultural Department and the Tawau Youth and Sports Department and
coordinated by Melor.
A farmer, Ismail Majid, 29, said he began the cili padi Semerah farm two
years ago by planting 400 plants with the help of his brother.
His first attempt failed but it motivated him to contact the Area
Agricultural Department and Farmers Organisation for advise and assistance.
Last December, he tried once again to plant 400 cili padi Semerah plants in
the conventional way and finally succeeded in harvesting between 40kg-50kg at
each harvest of thrice a week.
Ismail said that he has now planted 1,200 cili padi Semerah plants using the
Fertiliser Irrigation method and 200 more through the conventional way and they
were now beginning to provide a yield.
He said at present, 15 youths including women, were involved in the planting
of the cili padi Semerah on Pulau Sebatik on an area of about 63.13 hectares
On marketing, Ismail said he faced no problems as a company, Wealthy Empire
Management Sdn Bhd was ready to purchase the cili anytime.
Wealthy Empire Management manager Syed Abdullah Mohammad said he welcomed
farmers in Tawau planting the cili padi Semerah and his company was willing to
purchase at a fair price.--BERNAMA
IL NAM AS