BSMRAU develops four new varieties of cherry tomato

Our Correspondent

8 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

GAZIPUR: After developing of ‘BU Cherry Tomato-1’ in 2019, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University (BSMRAU) in Gazipur has developed four new varieties of cherry tomato. The National Seed Board has also issued new certificates for these varieties recently.

The names of four new varieties are BU Cherry Tomato-2, BU Cherry Tomato-3, BU Cherry Tomato-4, and BU Cherry Tomato-5.

Professor of Genetics and Plant Breeding Department of BSMRAU Dr AKM Aminul Islam developed these varieties.

Few years earlier, Professor of Genetics and Plant Breeding Department of the university Mohammad Mehfooz Hassan Saikat, Professor of Insectology Mohammed Ahsanul Haque Swapan, Technical Officer Rafiqul Islam and a few PhD and MS students of the university for the first time jointly developed the variety of cherry tomato named ‘BU Cherry Tomato-1’. This variety of tomato is attractive to look at, delicious to eat and the kids love it.

This is the highest yield of cherry tomatoes ever invented in the country. It is unique in form and quality and enriched in nutrients. The color, shape and immunity of this variety of tomatoes are higher than that of other tomatoes.

This tomato contains more lycopene and flavonoid antioxidants than any other type of tomato. Lycopene reduces the risk of cancer and heart disease and flavonoid is effective in preventing dengue.

If properly cultivated BU cherry tomato-1 varieties will yield up to 140 ton per hectare whereas the yield of conventional varieties  tomato is 100 tonnes per hectare. The new varieties of tomatoes are very juicy, not easily attacked by insects. These tomatoes contain high levels of cancer and heart disease resistant ingredients.

Cherry tomato can be cultivated just like any other types of tomatoes. However, as it is a wild species, tomato cultivation and care of this variety are relatively easy.  It takes only 200 grams of seed to cultivate this variety on one hectare of land. This variety can be cultivated on all types of soil, but yield will be higher in the sandy loam or clay loam soil.

October to December is the perfect time to sow seeds in the sowing bed. 450 kg of urea per hectare, 250 kg TSP and 150 kg potash fertiliser and five tonnes of cow dung should be applied in the soil.

Researchers hope that due to higher yield per hectare, this variety of tomato cultivation will increase throughout the country and will be available at the farmer’s level.