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A trio of Malaysian farmers say they have found the right way to grow Japanese muskmelons in Malaysia’s hot and humid climate — in part by massaging the melons and playing them music.
The farmers at Mono Premium Melon help the melons grow by rubbing them with a soft cloth or glove. They also play classical music in the greenhouses. Mono co-founder Seh Cheng Siang said each melon was like an artwork.
The three farmers had many other challenges to overcome, including finding the best mix of nutrients to give to the melon plants.
Despite the challenges, Mono sold out its first batch of 200 melons, thanks mainly to online sales. A melon sells for about 168 ringgit (¥4,400), much lower than in Japan.
In Japan, the melons are normally grown in temperate areas. They are prized for their taste and round shape, and are sold in high-end shops as luxury items. (Reuters)
This article was provided by The Japan Times Alpha.