TOMATO FARMING

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At successful completion of this course, the learner should be able to;

  1. Explain growing requirements of tomato and the varieties in tomato farming
  2. Understand tomato cultivation practices
  3. Identify tomato diseases and physiological disorders.
  4. Analyze postharvest handling of tomatoes
  5. Implement different marketing skills for tomato farming.

Course Content

INTRODUCTION TO TOMATO FARMING
a) Overview on tomato aspects. b) Tomato farming. • Growing requirements. • Varieties. • Aspects to consider when choosing a variety.

  • Introduction to Tomato Farming
  • QUIZ

Management Practices in Tomato Farming
a) Cultivation practices • Raising of seedlings • Management of nursery • Land preparation • Propagation • Transplanting • Irrigation • Weed management • Plant nutrition • Stacking and pruning b) Harvesting.

Disease and Pest Management in Tomato Farming
a) Tomato diseases and pest management • African bollworm • Red spider mites • Tobacco whitefly • Root-knot nematode • Thrips • Tuta absoluta b) Major tomato diseases and physiological disorders • Damping off • Late blight • Early blight • Bacterial wilt • Tomato mosaic virus • Blossom end rot • Fusarium wilt

Post Harvest Practices in Tomato Farming
a) Postharvest handling of tomatoes • Precooling after harvesting • Cleaning or disinfecting • Sorting and grading • Packaging • Storage • Transportation

MARKETING IN TOMATO FARMING
a) Marketing of tomatoes • Development of the tomato market • Size of and major players in the high segment market • Prices in the high segment market • Requirements needed in the high segment market b) Agribusiness opportunities in tomato farming • Value addition c)Gross margin analysis of tomato production in half acre in Kenya

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