Resorts to Hybrid Tomatoes to Cut Down Imports
HAVANA, Cuba, Feb 6 (acn) Specialists at the Lilian Dimitrova
Horticultural Research Institute, located in eastern Mayabeque
province, developed several new types of hybrid tomatoes by
genetically modifying Cuban species, to increase its yield and
resistance to pests
Gisela Rodriguez, a
researcher, said the new hybrids will guarantee Cuban
food sovereignty and security, by providing farmers with
seeds, to cover in the future all domestic demand, thus
cutting down imports.
Rodriguez announced they will continue their studies to
create new kinds
that weight around 150-200 grams, as the market demands. She
specimens show an increase in their quality, weight and are
to stand heat and humidity.
She said that due the world climate change, the new
varieties should have
a high tolerance to stress caused by raising temperatures.
Also, they are resilient to viruses carried out by white
flies that have
caused considerable losses to Cuban crops, and to other
that could be brought from abroad.
There are over 171 researchers working in this institute,
which turned 40
years old recently, and they have contributed greatly to
with their work. They have obtained hybrids here of
watermelon and pepper
as well, with great acceptance by farmers throughout the