Although India’s seed industry is well advanced in applying molecular technologies for plant breeding, there is still a lot of room to learn from the World Vegetable Center’s 40 years of experience in developing improved tomato lines.
India is the world’s second-largest tomato producer but processes less than 1% of its harvest. To ensure tomato growers, processors and consumers benefit from the best tomato fruit available, the World Vegetable Center shared two top-performing dual purpose (fresh market and processing) tomato breeding lines with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) - Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR) on 24 June 2019 at GIC-India headquarters in Bengaluru.
Applying improved cropping techniques makes a tomato farmer in Assam, India a role model for other local tomato producers.
Farmers in Jharkhand, India are happy to take delivery of a package of improved vegetable production practices.
Two new WorldVeg projects seek broad-based transformation of the agricultural sector in Jharkhand and Assam, India.
Tomato is India’s second most important vegetable crop, next to potato. And now ‘Arka Rakshak’, a new F1 fresh market and processing tomato hybrid with resistance to three major tomato diseases, is available for farmers eager to supply India’s growing demand. The variety was developed by the Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR) by crossing one of their advanced breeding lines with an advanced breeding line sourced from the World Vegetable Center. Tomato leaf curl virus, bacterial wilt and early blight are among the most difficult tomato diseases to manage as there are no chemical treatments available to stop their spread. Building resistance into a variety is the most effective -- and cost-effective -- approach to tomato disease management. ‘Arka Rakshak’ produces medium to large (80-100 g), deep red, very firm fruits with good keeping quality (15-20 days) and transportability. Farmers can expect yields of 90-100 t/ha. WorldVeg provides the important breeding materials partners need to produce vigorous, pest-and disease-resistant varieties with tolerance to heat, drought, flooding and other environmental conditions farmers typically encounter in the field. Congratulations to IIHR!
Plant breeders from across the subcontinent who want to keep up with advancements in the discipline shared their training needs with WorldVeg.
Over 80 seed industry staff representing more than 40 companies from across the country got a closer look at some exceptional new varieties bred by WorldVeg.
This project designs alternative options for insect pest management and will set the stage for partners to promote and popularize these options.