The development of cultivars which require less production inputs e.g. can be grown at lower temperatures, are more efficient at photosynthesising, have a structural architecture that is more favourable for automation and/ or labour reduction.
The development of cultivars which have a higher nutritional value, better flavour and longer shelf-life.
The development of cultivars which have a wider range of pest, disease and viral resistances to further assist in the overall aim of being a pesticide free industry.
The development of bespoke UK specific (conventional and organic) cultivars.
New Product Development.
Facilitate consultation with seed houses to stimulate interest in TGA Targets in this area.
Keep up to date with novel plant breeding technologies.
Form a tomato breeding club and encourage smaller seedhouses to research novel Tomato cultivars.
Did You Know?
British tomato production amounts to about 92,000 metric tonnes per year - about a fifth of the total volume of tomatoes sold in the country through the year, and up to a half in the summer.