Bangladesh: Summer King tomato farming gets popular

Cultivation of Summer King tomato, a variety of tomato that can be grown in the summer, has become very popular in Benapole, Bangladesh.

Farmers said a sapling bears fruit within two months of planting, and one plant can yield tomatoes for five years.

They said the local variety tomato gets spoiled quickly after ripening and is wasted, but the Summer King variety takes longer to get spoiled so there is less waste, as a result, farmers and traders suffer less loss.

Ismail Hossain, a tomato trader of Sharsha said this variety of tomato used to be imported from India, but it was not always available. Now the tomatoes are always available in the market as it is being grown in Bangladesh, he said, adding that the demand is also good.

Read more at The Daily Star (Mohsin Milon)

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