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From chocolate to beef, you’ve more tomato varieties to choose from
Farmers in Nyeri last week had an opportunity to learn how to grow various horticultural produce, in particular new varieties of tomatoes, during a county farmers’ field day. At the Amiran Kenya stand, agronomists encouraged farmers to adopt hybrid varieties to ensure they achieve optimum production.
The company showcased some of their latest tomato varieties, which are resistant to disease and mature faster in about 75 days after transplanting at 21 days. “We are advising farmers to adopt new technologies that should be used on their farms, the reason we are introducing the new varieties in the market,” said Dorcas Nderitu, an agronomist from Amiran said.
One of the newest variety in the market is called Chocolate zebra 2209. Then there is beef tomato and cherry tomatoes, all which have different flavours. “Just like the name depicts, the Chocolate zebra variety tastes like chocolate and has been embraced in the market due its taste” she noted.