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How To Grow Tomatoes For Business? All You Need To Know! by naijafarmers: 12:16pm On Sep 23, 2019
Tomato is a vegetable locally produced and highly consumed in Uganda. Almost on a daily basis every person has to eat a tomato in their food.

� Common Tomato Varieties Grown

The choice of a Tomato cultivar is based on fruit quality, adaptability and reliability, susceptibility to diseases and pests.

Varieties include – Money maker, Rio Grande, Tengeru 97, Asila F1, Chantan F1, Anja F1, Star and many more others

�It’s advisable to go for a hybrid seed for commercial farmers since these seeds are high yielding, resistant and produce durable fruits.

� Tomato Growing Requirements

Tomatoes give good results when grown in well managed sandy loams and heavy clay loam free of hard pan.

Best results are obtained in deep, well drained loams. The soil should be rich in organic matter and plant nutrients, with a pH value of 6 to7.

� Propagation of Tomatoes

Tomatoes are best brought up using seeds.

However you can also use cuttings from mature plants to get more seedlings

◼ Nursery Preparation

You can Broadcast the seeds on the raised bed and lightly cover with soil.

Or else you can create shallow lines using your finger and place the seeds there, then cover with little soil.

◼ Transplanting

In one acre, you plant over 8000 plants with a spacing of 2*2ft.

Seedlings are usually ready for transplanting 2-3weeks after sowing, and they must be transplanted on moist soil.

At transplanting you may use a fertilizer like DAP, place a few granules in the hole, Cover with some soil, then plant your seedling.

Of you can use farm yard manure, you apply 2hand fulls in each hole, mix it with soil and transplant.

MANAGEMENT

◼ Fertilization; Tomatoes are heavy feeders of plant nutrients including nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. The plant responds well to organic fertilizers too.
After 1 month from planting, you have to start applying folliar fertilizers like Vegimax to boost the growth of the crop.

◼ Weed control ; these can be controlled chemically or mechanically. Alternatively hand hoes can be used to shallowly plough off the weeds.

Avoid using herbicides when the plants are already in the field.

◼ Pruning; this practice influences the flowering and fruiting of tomato plants. Prune plants by pinching off lateral branches as they appear in the leaf axils.

The more you reduce excess leaves and branches, the more space you leave for the plant to use nutrients for fruit development.

◼ Mulching

Mulch newly planted tomatoes inorder to retain moisture in the soil and avoid weeds from growing.

A heavy mulch is very good for our tomatoe plants.

You can use dry grass, saw dust, coffee husks and many others

◼ Pest control

You have to control the insects and diseases that normally attached k the tomatoes.

Normally tomatoes are affected by insects and Fungal infections.

�Here you need to start applying an Insecticide (Dudu Acelamactine/Cyperscope) and a Fungicide (Mancozeb/Indofil) at once. Then spray every week starting from 1month till flowering.

It’s good to seek advice from a plant doctor before buying any chemical to spray.

◼ Stalking

After the tomatoes have grown, the stems become vulnerable and weak hence need support.

You can use strings tied upwards or you can tie logs of trees on each plant.

This is more effective on high yielding tomatoes since they take long

◼ Irrigation/watering

After planting your tomatoes, you must water them if it’s off season or in times of no rain.

You have to water evening or morning

HARVESTING

After transplanting, you can start harvesting at 2 and half months.

For hybrid high value varieties, you can harvest for the next 6 months.

Harvest your tomatoes before they get to fully ripen.

It’s advisable to leave some inches of a stalk on the fruit as you harvest, this will keep it fresh for sometime.

�Pre-harvest interval for tomatoes if 2weeks, after spraying with pestcides, you have to wait for 2weeks to harvest.

Source: https://naijafarmers.com/2018/10/18/grow-tomatoes-business-guide/

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Re: How To Grow Tomatoes For Business? All You Need To Know! by naijafarmers: 12:17pm On Sep 23, 2019
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farmtech
Re: How To Grow Tomatoes For Business? All You Need To Know! by olusegunadex: 12:48pm On Sep 23, 2019
How much returns can I make if i invest 2 million naira in cultivation?

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Re: How To Grow Tomatoes For Business? All You Need To Know! by slawomir: 5:25pm On Sep 23, 2019
Okay
Re: How To Grow Tomatoes For Business? All You Need To Know! by Teewhy2: 5:25pm On Sep 23, 2019
lovely write up, it would have been much better with pics at major headings.

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Re: How To Grow Tomatoes For Business? All You Need To Know! by MrAnele(m): 5:26pm On Sep 23, 2019
Fun fact


Nigeria is the Largest producer of Tomato in Africa and also the largest importer of Tomato paste in Africa .....

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Re: How To Grow Tomatoes For Business? All You Need To Know! by Nobody: 5:26pm On Sep 23, 2019
olusegunadex:
How much returns can I make if i invest 2 million naira in cultivation?
invest in transportation of the products to lagos. quick roi

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Re: How To Grow Tomatoes For Business? All You Need To Know! by justtruth88miSt(f): 5:27pm On Sep 23, 2019
Teewhy2:
lovely write up, it would have been much better with pics at major headings.


ehenn... Go n tel buhari... i hate farming
Re: How To Grow Tomatoes For Business? All You Need To Know! by Onyekachi419(f): 5:29pm On Sep 23, 2019
Herdsmen wil hear of this grin

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Re: How To Grow Tomatoes For Business? All You Need To Know! by goat22: 5:29pm On Sep 23, 2019
olusegunadex:
How much returns can I make if i invest 2 million naira in cultivation?

About 100 naira per week! Heavy returns right? Yes! This is what tomato tum tam beeyo centre offers you! After 30 years you'll have made your 2 million back! and after 50 years you'll have made profit of 5000 naira! Don't let quick rich schemes deceive you! Imagine 5000 naira after 80 years! Amazing returns!

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Re: How To Grow Tomatoes For Business? All You Need To Know! by Nobody: 5:30pm On Sep 23, 2019
naijafarmers:
Tomato is a vegetable locally produced and highly consumed in Uganda

Thanks for sharing

I'm sure tomatoes are also consumed here in Nigeria...

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Re: How To Grow Tomatoes For Business? All You Need To Know! by kaptaneSaka(m): 5:30pm On Sep 23, 2019
so you plan with buhari for closing borders abi.... so we can farm abi..... kontinu
Re: How To Grow Tomatoes For Business? All You Need To Know! by sonnie10: 5:34pm On Sep 23, 2019
justtruth88miSt:



ehenn... Go n tel buhari... i hate farming
Trust me, Buhari is all set
Re: How To Grow Tomatoes For Business? All You Need To Know! by Nobody: 5:34pm On Sep 23, 2019
goat22:


About 100 naira per week! Heavy returns right? Yes! This is what tomato tum tam beeyo centre offers you! After 30 years you'll have made your 2 million back! and after 50 years you'll have made profit of 5000 naira! Don't let quick rich schemes deceive you! Imagine 5000 naira after 80 years! Amazing returns!

LOL

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Re: How To Grow Tomatoes For Business? All You Need To Know! by james550(m): 5:34pm On Sep 23, 2019
Please how much does a basket of tomato sells now in the market?
Re: How To Grow Tomatoes For Business? All You Need To Know! by hopefulLandlord: 5:41pm On Sep 23, 2019
goat22:


About 100 naira per week! Heavy returns right? Yes! This is what tomato tum tam beeyo centre offers you! After 30 years you'll have made your 2 million back! and after 50 years you'll have made profit of 5000 naira! Don't let quick rich schemes deceive you! Imagine 5000 naira after 80 years! Amazing returns!
what?

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Re: How To Grow Tomatoes For Business? All You Need To Know! by pregnantMan: 5:41pm On Sep 23, 2019
goat22:


About 100 naira per week! Heavy returns right? Yes! This is what tomato tum tam beeyo centre offers you! After 30 years you'll have made your 2 million back! and after 50 years you'll have made profit of 5000 naira! Don't let quick rich schemes deceive you! Imagine 5000 naira after 80 years! Amazing returns!
Now here comes a derailed man

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Re: How To Grow Tomatoes For Business? All You Need To Know! by Tomide007: 5:42pm On Sep 23, 2019
alignacademy:


Thanks for sharing

I'm sure tomatoes are also consumed here in Nigeria...
Really? grin
Re: How To Grow Tomatoes For Business? All You Need To Know! by tolumizzy(m): 5:44pm On Sep 23, 2019
See money
Re: How To Grow Tomatoes For Business? All You Need To Know! by Wigetsolar: 5:55pm On Sep 23, 2019
Nice thread. I may consider going into farming of Tomatoes, watermelons and poultry.
Re: How To Grow Tomatoes For Business? All You Need To Know! by Mariangeles(f): 5:58pm On Sep 23, 2019
MrAnele:
Fun fact


Nigeria is the Largest producer of Tomato in Africa and also the largest importer of Tomato paste in Africa .....
Provide the statistics
Re: How To Grow Tomatoes For Business? All You Need To Know! by Saphhh7t: 5:58pm On Sep 23, 2019
alignacademy:


Thanks for sharing

I'm sure tomatoes are also consumed here in Nigeria...
lol OP go copy m for Ugandan blog ni lol
Re: How To Grow Tomatoes For Business? All You Need To Know! by Hallams(m): 6:13pm On Sep 23, 2019
MrAnele:
Fun fact


Nigeria is the Largest producer of Tomato in Africa and also the largest importer of Tomato paste in Africa .....
shows how poor we are doing in terms of processing and post harvest handling. How can about 50percent of our production be wasting every year. It is simple we are just producing so that our tomatoes can get wasted. Imagine if we could just process 80percent of the tomatoes wasting every year?

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Re: How To Grow Tomatoes For Business? All You Need To Know! by nikaShow(m): 6:15pm On Sep 23, 2019
Please note that this is part of what you need to know theoretically

This doesn't cover half of what it means to have a farm in Nigeria
Re: How To Grow Tomatoes For Business? All You Need To Know! by IDnoble1: 6:16pm On Sep 23, 2019
Good
But this is more of a mere article which could be easily obtained from the textbook of secondary School.
Re: How To Grow Tomatoes For Business? All You Need To Know! by obembet(f): 6:27pm On Sep 23, 2019
I need more information concerning this
Re: How To Grow Tomatoes For Business? All You Need To Know! by Tajbol4splend(m): 6:28pm On Sep 23, 2019
The thing dey cheap for Kano but only when you buy am for Hausa hand
Re: How To Grow Tomatoes For Business? All You Need To Know! by Truth234(m): 6:32pm On Sep 23, 2019
Hallams:
shows how poor we are doing in terms of processing and post harvest handling. How can about 50percent of our production be wasting every year. It is simple we are just producing so that our tomatoes can get wasted. Imagine if we could just process 80percent of the tomatoes wasting every year?

Please this a pure lie, there is nowhere over 50 percent of farm produce rot. Its a lie made up by lazy researcher/data analyst or would you as a farmer leaves over 50 percent of your farm produce to rot on the farm?

Dangote tomato processing plant just shut down again after six months of production for lack of raw materials.

Where are those saying 70 percent of farm produce rot before it reaches consumers, that Nigeria needs processing plants?

The factory was forced to reopen in March due to the high cost of maintenance, estimated at N30 million per month and resumed with 100 tonnes per day out of 1,200 production capacity. Six months later suppliers couldn't meet just 8.3% production level.

In the article below, I said, "it is now obvious that the issue is not just the lack of tomato processing factory but also the lack of necessary raw materials."

"It is the shortage of fresh tomatoes that fuels the demand for imported tomato paste and also explains why the price of fresh tomatoes fluctuate with dollar liquidity."

Nigeria is a very poor country with exaggerated capacity or how does one explain 23.1% unemployment rate, 55.4% underemployment/unemployment of youths and 85 million extremely poor people?

I wrote an article on it last week, you can read it here https://investorsking.com/again-dangote-shut-down-tomato-processing-factory/

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Re: How To Grow Tomatoes For Business? All You Need To Know! by Nobody: 6:33pm On Sep 23, 2019
pregnantMan:
Now here comes a derailed man
His username (GOAT22) speaks for him!

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