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How To Cultivate Cherry Tomatoes

Tomato is a common vegetable used in every household, and cherry tomato, out of which the value of cherry tomato is the highest. It happens more, its demand in the country is very high. Therefore, farmers can earn good profits by cultivating cherry tomatoes. Cherry tomato is very attractive as well as beneficial in taste and health. Cherry tomatoes are sweeter than larger tomatoes. Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh are best known for the cultivation of cherry tomatoes. Where farmers are earning good profits by cultivating it. Although cherry tomatoes are more expensive than normal tomatoes, whose price ranges from 80 to 100 rupees per kg, these tomatoes have good demand in the Indian market as well as in foreign markets. India is the second largest exporting country in the world, importing 26% of the world.

Some important Cherry Tomato Varieties

Some important Cherry Tomato Varieties

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  1. In India many famous cultivars are used for Cherry tomatoes Super Sweet, 100 Cherry Tomatoes, Italian Snow, Yellow Pear, Black Pearl, Sun Gold, Cherry Jubilee, Blood Butcher Cherry tomatoes, and Punjab Tropic, Punjab Swarna.

  2. Cherry tomato plants mature in 120 to 140 days, in which one plant gives 3 to 4 kg production. Cherry tomato plants can be planted in one acre from 5,500 to 5,700 plants.

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Important Cultivation Tips

Important Cultivation Tips

Ø Plants grow well. Cherry tomato cultivation can be started in the open field in July, and if you want to do the cultivation in the poly house, then it can be transplanted in August. In both cases, the use of manure through drip irrigation is beneficial.

Ø Good water holding sandy loam soil, clay black, and red soils are also good for the cultivation of cherry tomatoes, which have a proper amount of organic matter and whose pH is between 6 to 7.5. Its plants grow well in hot humid climates.

Ø Nursery can be raised by Portray method.

Ø The nursery plants are ready for planting in 30 days. About 200 to 300 grams of seed are required to prepare the nursery for planting in one acre of field. Ø For planting, keep a distance of 2 to 2.5 meters between the rows and 60 to 80 cm between the plants; in the future the plants need support, so keep the distance accordingly.

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Ø Cherry tomato crop needs regular irrigation, especially at the time of flowering and fruit development, so we suggest drip irrigation should be used, it’s also saving of water and if you won’t apply any fertilizer, you can also apply it with a drip irrigation system

Ø Weeds can be managed by spraying with Sencor 70 WP and manual removal if weeds

Ø Sucking pests can be managed by spraying insecticides like Confidor or Admire at recommended doses

Ø Diseases like early blight can be managed by spraying Nativo. Due to the infestation of this disease on the plants, the leaves start turning yellow and start falling.

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Harvesting

Harvesting

The time of harvesting fruits depends on how far away the fruits are to be taken. Or to sell fresh fruit in the market itself. Green tomatoes should be harvested when they turn light pink, and fully ripe, and soft tomatoes are used to make other products and prepare seeds. Its fruit grows in bunches like grapes. Therefore, its packing should be done carefully in boxes.

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Benefits: - And 4 to 6 kg yield is obtained from one plant. While the maximum price of normal tomato is Rs 80 per kg, the price of a cherry tomato goes up to Rs 400 per kg.

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There are a few things to keep in mind while exporting

There are a few things to keep in mind while exporting

Ø Tomato should be completely healthy, there should not be any kind of disease, stains should be on the fruit, otherwise, the goods sent may be rejected.

Ø Tomatoes should not be fully ripe, when the tomatoes are between light red and green in color, then the fruits should be plucked. Such fruits do not spoil for 4 to 5 weeks.

Ø To export, it should be done according to the norms of IPI (Indian Packaging Industry), in which the size and weight of the box are prescribed, the size of the box is 450 * 260 * 110 and the weight of one box should be 5 or 7 kg. were determined. The size of 4 fruits should be between 30 to 50 mm.

Ø If you want to export yourself, then some major documents will be required which will be a bill of lading, commercial invoice of packing, and bill of export farmers can also send goods by contacting their nearest exporters.

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