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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

HARVEST COCOYAM

COCOYAM (Colocasia esculenta) or KELADI in Bahasa Malaysia grown in Malaysia for fresh consumption and processing activity. Total area of cocoyam planted estimated about 735 hectare in 2011 with total production of 41,050 metric tones. Cocoyam are grown mostly in peat area such as in Johor (502 hectare)  Sabah (78 ha) and Selangor (65 hectare). The most popular varieties grown are Keladi Cina, Keladi Minyak, Keladi Mawar and Keladi Sarawak. From my field experience during farm visits on Cocoyam Farm shown that the costs of planting material and water lodged area are the most scary issue. Below are some photos of my visits to cocoyams area:-

The popular Keladi Mawar variety grown at Tangkak, Johor 
by Mr Hassan after 7 months old after planting ready
for harvest in another 3-4 months.

The vigorous cocoyam at peat soils with proper farm Good
agronomi Practices (GAP) at Kg Tiang Dua, Melaka.

Mr Hassan and me at the 6 hectare of cocoyam plants at
Kg Tiang Dua, Melaka to check the performance of new varieties.

 This piece priced at RM 6.00 - RM 7.00 a kliogram at
Pasar Borong , Selangor. The weight about 600 - 700 gram
of Keladi mawar from TKPM Sg Blankan, Selangor.
Fresh cocoyam ready for fresh market. The proper storage and
proper post harvest handling able to prolong the shelf life.

Fried Cocoyam or Goreng Keladi best served 
daytime with sambal kicap and teh tarek.

By,
M Anem
Tiang Dua, Melaka,
Malaysia. 

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