According to Extremadura's Grouping of Agricultural Cooperatives (Acopaex), this season's tomato production will be 20% lower than the figures that were initially expected as a result of the intense heat in the month of July. The president of Acopaex, Domingo Fernandez, said that 2.1 million tons had been contracted but that they would collect 500,000 fewer tons.
The tomato campaign in Las Vegas Altas, in the Spanish region of Extremadura, which will last until about September 20 with the harvest of the late plantations, has been strongly marked by meteorological events. There has been a considerable reduction in the production, both due to damage from heavy rains and hail, as well as to the impact of diseases.
Tomato farmer Gregory Ngwana is used to good years. But this season, wild weather - too little rainfall and then too much - has paired with Cameroon's coronavirus lockdown to slash harvests, make transport difficult and drive away buyers. "I cannot earn enough income for my family, not to speak of recovering the money to repay loans incurred to invest in my tomato farm this season."
The horticulture department has submitted a proposal to the government requesting for the inclusion of tomato crop under weather-based crop insurance scheme instead of Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY). The report submitted to the government includes total land of cultivation, number of farmers engaged in the cultivation of tomato and annual transaction among others.
Tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) causes a range of symptoms, depending on the age of plants, weather conditions and nutritional status. Symptoms include yellow mottling of leaves, ringspots, chlorotic blotches and line/mosaic patterns. Wilting and purpling of leaves can occur and necrotic lesions can develop on stems of affected plants.
New technology being developed by University of Florida scientists identifies two dangerous tomato diseases with 99 percent accuracy. This finding is critical because diseases can cost growers millions of dollars annually in the state’s third most valuable crop. Thus, the earlier farmers detect those ailments, the better their chances of treating them before the diseases cause excessive damage.
The last country where the Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV) has been detected is Spain. Rafael Sánchez Trujillo, head of the Plant Health Service of the Government of Andalusia, has spoken about the detection of the virus in a greenhouse in Almeria during the Semilla Innova congress, which has been held in Almería.
While Florida and California accounted for 76 percent of U.S. production of field-grown tomatoes in 2016, greenhouse production and use of other protected-culture technologies help extend the growing season and make production feasible in a wider variety of geographic locations. Some greenhouse production is clustered in traditional field-grown-tomato-producing States like California.
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