In this day and age, with the practice of monoculture, farmers enjoy easy crop production, fertilisation and pest control management.
However, this has one drawback: increased disease pressure. With constant propagation of one species of vegetables we provide the platform for pathogens to increase – and at a certain point in time the pathogens start resulting in reduced yields and increased fungicide programmes, leaving us with less income and more expenses.
One way to combat this is to select a variety that boasts disease resistance to the pathogens. Countrywide, Phytophthora is one of the largest unforeseen causes of yield loss and symptoms are not always visible on the plant until it is too late.
This is where the pepper variety Duke is like a breath of fresh air. It boasts incredible resistance to Phytophthora, with a massive root system to keep it in production despite severe pressure from the fungus. With good fruit quality and strong vigour, this selection will not disappoint when it comes to production potential.