Bulgaria: Hybrid tomato varieties are becoming more important for small to medium growers
Nov. 9, 2018
The very short period from planting to first harvest (about 55 days) and one month of harvesting save the grower money on plant protection as the plant’s life is not long enough for some diseases to inflict enough damage and reduce the yields. All of this in combination of Romania’s governmental policy of subsidizing early production has led to the tremendous success of Geosemselect’s Prekos F1 tomato, as well as some other very early varieties like Parris F1.
The other success story is that of Rugby F1 – an elongated pink, indeterminate tomato that managed to accommodate the needs of both growers and end-consumers. This specialty tomato has quickly become a sough-after tomato in big supermarket chains in Bulgaria, as well as local vegetable markets. Sometimes mistaken for a sauce tomato because of its shape, Rugby F1, when grown outside, in a plastic tunnel or a modern glass greenhouse, gives high yields of very tasty tomatoes, which just look great with their pointy end facing upwards on the market table. Without a lot of promotion, Rugby’s success started in Bulgaria, where many small to medium growers appreciated its qualities. Seeds reached other parts of the Balkans and even the UK. The variety enjoys a big interest in Kosovo, Albania, and Macedonia, and in the UK, it “took part” in the Royal Horticultural Society’s Garden Show in Chelsea. Successful trials of Rugby F1 and other Geosemselect tomato varieties were done in Burpee Europe’s trial station in the Netherlands.
Geosemselect Ltd. is looking for partners all around the world for distribution and trials. Contact Nikolay Georgiev for more information.
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