A new variant of tomatoes named ‘Eva F1’ an indeterminate hybrid variety tomatoes with an extended shelf life and good resistance to cracking has been introduced into Nigeria courtesy of a collaborative effort between the School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology (SAAT) and the Teaching and Research Farm (TRF) of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, LEADERSHIP Sunday can authoritatively report.
The Eva F1 Tomato is a variety five times bigger in size than the commonly available one in the Nigerian market capable of producing paste more than four times the latter. It also has the rare quality of imperishability over a period of two weeks from date of harvest.
At a formal presentation of the first harvest of the product to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Adeola Fuwape, the dean, School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology, Prof. Taiwo Amos in company of the FUTA farm manager, Mr. Olajide Adedayo said the Eva F1 seedling was imported from Israel and carefully nurtured in FUTA’s Green House under controlled temperature.
According to him, ‘’the Eva F1 Tomatoes are organically produced and an indeterminate hybrid variety with an extended shelf life, good resistance to cracking with flower setting at high temperatures.”
Adedayo described the development as the actualization of part of the mandate and determination of the University to put science to work for the society.
‘’Teaching and research farm under the watch of the School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology has gone into the farming and production of Tomato Eva F1 variety in the Green House using modern farming technique.
‘’The high crop yield is achieved under a small area of land as a unit of the Green House covers 192m2 which is eight meters by 24 meters,’’ he said.
Speaking further on the advantages of the new variety and its potentials, Adedayo said “with this technology, the tomato crop will be grown and produce round the season.
On the gestation period, he said the first harvest of the fruits started after three months of planting and we hope to continue the harvest for the next six months”.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Fuwape described the successful cultivation and production of the Eva F1 Tomatoes as another proof of FUTA’s robust contributions to the development of the country through pursuit of excellence in its area of core mandates.
He called on investors and interested agencies to partner with the university in order to engender massive cultivation of the new variety and stimulate its contributions to the economy .