Hybrid Seed Production in Tomato

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Hybrid tomato varieties have many advantages compared to open-pollinated varieties. Hybrids usually produce higher yields. They generally mature earlier and more uniformly. Many hybrids have better fruit quality and disease resistance. With all of these advantages, many farmers prefer to sow hybrid seeds in spite of the higher seed costs.

The demand for hybrid tomato seeds can open a new market for growers interested in seed production.

Hybrid tomato seed production is not easy. First, it requires much labor. Fortunately, this is not a problem in developing countries where affordable labor is available. Second, it requires the mastery of special skills and a close attention to detail. This publication will teach these skills.

Authors: 
R.T. Opeña
Authors: 
J.T. Chen
Authors: 
T. Kalb
Authors: 
P. Hanson
Publisher: 
AVRDC - The World Vegetable Center
Year: 
2001