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Space breeding: Beijing is growing "Rainbow Tomatoes" this year

This year, Nanzhai Zhuanghu Village, in Pinggu District, Beijing has introduced more than 20 new varieties of tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, etc. on the basis of the previous bush Cherry (Prunus humilis) planting, among which "rainbow tomatoes" are the newest in the market.

"It is the first time to plant these varieties this year. I don't know how the market will react, but it should be pretty good." said a grower in the Village, Pinggu District. The most well-known agricultural product in Nanzhai Zhuanghu Village is the bush cherry. Every year when the bush cherries are ripe, tourists from all over come to the village to pick as the agri-tourism experience. This year, the village introduced more than 20 new varieties, including the “rainbow tomato”. These rainbow tomatoes were from space breeding. In addition to their attractive colors, they are also good in taste. At present, the rainbow tomatoes in the village are gradually ripening, and the picking season will continue until July.

Mr. Peng Xiaolin is the local technical director and the former director of the Donggao Village Agricultural Service Center. He told the reporter that the ultimate goal of introducing these new varieties is to help local farmers increase income and meet diversified market needs. The newly introduced tomato varieties were bred in space, so the taste and quality can be guaranteed. At the same time, the village is also exploring the interplanting of tomatoes and strawberries so that the two products can grow in a "mutually beneficial and win-win" manner. "Beginning in May, when the weather becomes warmer, tomatoes can provide shade for strawberries and help them cool down. In this way, the strawberry picking period can be extended by at least two weeks. At the same time, tomatoes have high fertility absorption and can also fully utilize and absorb the remaining fertility of strawberries cultivation. While ensuring the quality of the two fruits and vegetables, improve the efficiency of land use. Strawberries, tomatoes, and bush cherries will be ripe in succession, and for the villagers, there are harvests in every season. "Mr. Peng Xiaolin said.

According to the local governor, the village has only tried planting new varieties of tomatoes in four greenhouses this year. If the market responds well, they will be planted in a larger area.


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