Tomato Growers in Ghana Get Disease-resistant Varieties as Canada’s Fruit, Vegetable Convention Returns February

Tomato growers in Ghana are being introduced to varieties that will resist disease just as in Canada, the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention will be returning for a live event in February next year.

The Convention will be returning to the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls, Ontario on February 23-24, 2022.

“Our goal is to assist the industry move forward by bringing together exhibitors, speakers and attendees safely under one roof once again at the state-of-the-art Scotiabank Convention Centre”, the organisation says.

The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention (OFVC) is an annual gathering of horticultural crop producers involved in the production of fruits and vegetables.

The convention is attended by a cross section of the horticultural sector including government, industry, business, consultants, producers, associations, researchers and educators from across Canada.

Located at the dynamic Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls, Ontario, the 2-day convention features a lineup of horticultural experts, educational sessions, trade show exhibitors and great networking opportunities.

Continuing, the organisation adds, “for our valued business partners we introduced a digital brochure including our new Peace of Mind Cancellation Policy in late September. Attendee information will be available in November.’’

However, tomato farmers in the Agortime-Ziope District of the Volta Region have been introduced to five new varieties of tomatoes to boost crop production in the area.

The five varieties have been developed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research-Crops Research Institute (CSIR-CRI), as part of efforts to increase the production of quality tomatoes with better yields for farmers across the country.

The new varieties are said to have the uniqueness of being resistant against the tomato yellow leaf curl disease, transmitted by white flies, which has no cure and causes a 75 to 100 per cent yield loss for farmers.

In an interview with the Daily Graphic at a demonstration farm at the district assembly earlier this month, the Senior Research Scientist and Vegetable Breeder of CSIR-CRI, Dr Michael Kwabena Osei, disclosed that the varieties were not hybrid but open-pollinated with higher yields which the farmers needed now.


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