Tomato is a very popular vegetable in the tropics. Open-pollinated (non-hybrid) tomato seed is easy to produce. Isolation of plants is usually not needed and each plant can produce thousands of seeds. This publication shows how to produce seeds from open-pollinated lines and varieties.
El secado solar es una técnica de preservación de la comida que ha sido practicado por miles de años. Las frutas y verduras secadas proveen casi el mismo valor nutricional como sus contrapartes frescas y se pueden almacenar por periodos de tiempo más largos. Adicionalmente, el secado solar crea ingresos estables y oportunidades de trabajo.
Solar drying is a food preservation technique that has been practiced for thousands of years. Dried fruits and vegetables provide almost the same nutritional value of their fresh counterparts and can be stored for longer periods of time. Solar drying also creates stable income and job opportunities.
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.
Production of tomatoes during the hot-wet season in tropical and subtropical climates is limited by unfavorable conditions such as high temperature, flooding, strong winds, and high incidence of diseases. These conditions can significantly reduce tomato yields.