TOMATO PRODUCTION IN SIERRA LEONE: PROBLEMS AND FUTURE RESEARCH

W. Godfrey-Sam-Aggrey
Fresh tomatoes and canned tomato products such as concentrates, puree and paste are increasingly in demand in West Africa where either fresh or processed tomatoes form an essential part of the diet of the inhabitants of this region. The importance of tomatoes in Sierra Leone is emphasized by the data given in Tables 1 to 3.

In spite of the currently increasing demand for fresh tomatoes and canned tomato products with the attendant drain on the country's foreign exchange earnings, tomato production in Sierra Leone, using imported cultivars, has shown minimal success. Many imported tomato cultivars which are known to produce fruits of high quality and large fruit size are unproductive owing to their high susceptibility to "Wilt". However, the bulk of the domestic tomato production comes from the local 'Cherry tomato' and unselected tomato cultivars from the Kabala area which are believed to show inherent tolerance or resistance to "Wilt".

Godfrey-Sam-Aggrey, W. (1973). TOMATO PRODUCTION IN SIERRA LEONE: PROBLEMS AND FUTURE RESEARCH. Acta Hortic. 33, 97-104
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.1973.33.11
https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.1973.33.11

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