JOINT EFFORTS TO IMPROVE GLASSHOUSE TOMATOES IN NORWAY

ARNULF R. PERSSON, S. AARSLAND
In Norway the most important district for tomatoes is the south west costal county: Rogaland. 70–75% of Norwegian tomato production is to be found in this area. Although small in international scale and with climatic factors against, the glasshouse area comprising something between 40 and 50 ha and being on the latitude around 60 NL, the growers are trying the hard way to remain in business and even benefit as much as possible from what science and extension can do for their industry. To the production picture one may add that the units are extremely small, about 0.1 ha on the average. This means that they normally represent a family undertaking and is a part of assmall farm where man, wife and children are the prime labour force.

It all started 50 years ago firstly at a small scale in Stavanger, but soon the real development took place on the islands where the rather tiny community Finnøy plays an important role (Aarlsand 1975). To-day half of the income at Finnøy comes from the tomatoes. The farmers in Rogaland are known to be hard working and progressive, especially those from the part of the county called Jæren, and there they also smelled from the islands that there was money in the tomatoes. They started in the early thirties to build tomato houses in the modern way with steel constructions and no internal support. — The tomato production generated from the grassroot level — not stimulated by any official office. Is started with a minimum of know-how and technical training and without any real economical planning. The core of this adventure was willingness to try a new way of plant production of which they have heared talks about and which might offer them a better income.

PERSSON, ARNULF R. and AARSLAND, S. (1977). JOINT EFFORTS TO IMPROVE GLASSHOUSE TOMATOES IN NORWAY. Acta Hortic. 58, 553-560
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.1977.58.78
https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.1977.58.78

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