East-West Seed introduces coated seeds to farmers

East West Seed introduces to vegetable farmers from the provinces of Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan, Pampanga and Batangas the NutriShield+ coated seeds that will help to boost the seedling growth during its product launching held at Hacienda Angelita, San Rafael, Bulacan on Friday, May 10, 2024.
Gerlie Dela Cruz, Assistant Seed Tech Manager of East-West Seed explains to vegetable farmers the differences of using with coated seeds NutriShield+ and without coat wherein the coated seeds in first three weeks of its critical growing period will be protected against harmful fungi. Photo by: FREDERICK SILVERIO
Improved seedling vigor and better seedling protection against early-season pests—global tropical vegetable seed company East-West Seed (EWS) developed NutriShield+ to help vegetable farmers across the Philippines improve their livelihoods.
NutriShield+ is an advanced seed coating technology that provides nutrition to help boost seedling growth and protect the seed against harmful fungi (for all coated seeds) or insects (for coated corn) up to the first 2-3 weeks of growth.
This new technology was developed to continuously improve seed quality and ensure successful seedling establishment in agricultural fields.
“Vegetable farmers across the whole country help ensure food security and nutrition for everyone,” says Jay Lopez, General Manager of East-West Seed Philippines.
With NutriShield+, East-West Seed is helping those farmers reach even more people and provides better seedling nutrition and protection
“Faster emergence, bigger seedlings, and more uniformity—this technology not only helps farmers thrive but also consumers live healthier lives with more nutritious vegetables,” Lopez said.
During the launching, farmer visitors learned about the technology from East-West Seed and farmers. One of them, Johnny Gatuz, whose farm is located in Bulacan, emphasizes on the growth-boosting qualities of the NutriShield+ technology that he experienced with East-West Seed’s eggplant varieties Fortuner and Calixto.
 “The seedlings exhibit remarkable qualities. Right from the outset, their uniformity and vibrant color are striking. Even after the transplanting process, discernible vigor improvements including wider leaves, increased branching, and robustness in growth become apparent,” Gatuz said.
Edmundo Miranda, a Bulacan corn farmer, is underlining the seedling protection using East-West Seed’s variety Sweet Pearl: “The growing corn plants are not immediately affected by the fall armyworm. We can save on three to four sprays for corn. That’s where our savings come from.”
 Seedling protection against fungi is the main criterion for Jun Susie, a bitter gourd farmer from Pampanga who grows the East-West Seed variety Mestisa where according to him seedlings are resilient to fungi and mold.
“They are not easily affected by fungus. That’s the difference. These seeds are of high quality; they’re resilient,” he said.
There are 18 varieties across eight (8) crops with NutriShield+, including waxy corn, sweet corn, cucumber, bitter gourd, eggplant, pumpkin, tomato, and watermelon. East-West Seed is continuously improving its varieties through innovation to improve the livelihood of vegetable farmers.