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Two-hybrid varieties of tomatoes developed
Bengaluru Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR), Bangalore has developed 2 hybrid varieties of tomatoes. Hybrid tomatoes, Arka apexa and Arka vyanjan specially formulated for the processing industry are disease resistant.
According to AT Sadashiv, who led the team of researchers at IIHR, 'This is the first time that a hybrid variety of tomatoes has been developed for the processing industry.' According to Sadashiv, this variety yields 50 tonnes per hectare Can.
If it is irrigated by drip irrigation method, then it is likely to yield up to 100 tonnes per hectare. Existing hybrid tomatoes give a minimum yield of 40 tonnes per hectare. He further stated that higher yields will reduce the cost of cultivation of the growers. In addition the new hybrid tomatoes are resistant to diseases such as leaf curl virus, bacterial wilt and early blight which helps farmers reduce the number of spraying crops. The total soluble solids content (TSS) is 10 percent higher. Also lycopene which gives color to tomatoes is about 25 to 30 percent more than the existing hybrids.
Source - Krishi Jagaran, 28 September 2019
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