India: Tomato growers root for high-yield varieties

The Department of Horticulture and the Japanese firm Kagome Limited on Saturday signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) aimed at increasing the tomato yield in the State by introducing new varieties and improving the existing technology in tomato growing.

Under the agreement, the experts of tomato processing sector would visit the tomato fields and introduce new varieties and methods of farming to the growers. Under the pilot project, already one hectare each was selected for demonstration in Anantapur and Chittoor districts.

In Chittoor district, the Kagome firm initiated raising the new varieties at Malleru village of Gangavaram mandal by introducing UG-1054 and KTT-18. In the khariff and rabi seasons, tomato growing would be generally taken up in as many as 23,000 hectares. Horticulture Commissioner Chiranjeev Chowdary said that the tomato processing units should come to the rescue of farmers during the rabi season, as they witness sudden fall in prices.

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