"Our company was established in July 2008, located in Shouguang City, Shandong Province, and is committed to the research and innovation of vegetable seeds. The variety R&D test screening farm in Shouguang covers an area of more than 7 hectares, and there are breeding production bases in many places in China." Said Huang, manager at Shouguang SALH Agriculture Co., Ltd.
"Tomato breeding is one of our main businesses. Tomatoes can be eaten fresh or cooked. They are grown in a very wide area in China and are grown in a variety of ways. The market is mainly divided into pink, red, and small fruits. In the early years, the northern market loved pink fruit, and the south loved red fruit. However, with the integration of cultures and the circulation of people, regionality is no longer obvious. Disease resistance in tomatoes is key for breeders, with the earlier TY virus and now the ToBRFV challenge. Secondly, with the improvement of people's living standards and the maturity of logistics cold chain conditions, consumers have higher requirements for the taste of tomatoes. Therefore, when breeding, more consideration will be given to the taste and flavor, and the pursuit of performance during the transportation and high yield is no longer blindly pursued.
Growers need varieties with strong resistance and good yield, and the biggest demand of end consumers is better to taste. Therefore, for breeders, how to balance these demands is the key. Strawberry tomatoes are one of the more popular snack tomatoes right now. It is characterized by beautiful green shoulders, dark green in color, sweet and sour taste, and strong crack resistance. The yield of big tomatoes is about 112,500-150,000 kg per hectare. The current output of strawberry tomato is only half of that of big tomato, but the price is basically more than twice that of ordinary big tomato.
Strawberry Tomato, Xianmei No. 5
"Breeding is hard work. It requires constant experimentation, and the whole process is full of uncertainty. We just recently planted 800 sets of experimental varieties for autumn, of which 500 sets are completely new combinations, which is a lot of work. With unremitting efforts, we have already sold three varieties of more than 50,000 bags for three consecutive years, which is a very good result."