Tomato Varieties in Kenya – Aga Mixed Farm Agricultural Advisory Service

Tomato Varieties in Kenya

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Kenya is ranked as one of the biggest tomato suppliers in the world from Africa. Some varieties mature faster and produce bigger fruit. They are more resistant to common tomato diseases. Some tomato varieties in Kenya need warmer weather. Planting the wrong tomato variety will hurt your agribusiness. Consult the local agricultural experts to be sure you are growing the tomato varieties that are best for your region

Varieties of tomatoes with their characteristics

Anna F1 Tomato Variety

Anna F1 tomato variety gives very high yields, requires lower labor and is fairly resistant to tomato diseases. It is a fresh market tomato variety that performs best when grown in a greenhouse. Anna F1 has firm, oval-shaped fruits that are deep-red in color. It is one of the tomato varieties in Kenya that are resistant to Alternaria stem canker, nematodes, and Fusarium wilt.
Anna F1 matures relatively fast: within 75 days after transplanting. Its maturity period depends on the weather. Like with most tomato varieties in Kenya, the first harvest of Anna F1 gives lower yields than later harvests. Anna F1 has an average tomato yield of 74 tons per acre, and 35 kg per tomato plant in its life span.
Characterstics

  1. Maturity 60 – 70 days from transplanting.
  2. Fruit weight 85 – 95 grams.
  3. Fruits are very uniform size and set very well under high temperatures.
  4. Yield potential 12 – 16 tons per acre.
  5. Oval shaped uniformed fruits, excellent setting and very firm fruits with good shelf life.

Mavuno F1 Tomato Variety

Mavuno F1 tomato variety matures about 70 days after transplanting and its fruits are heavier, weighing between 100 and 130 grams. Mavuno F1 is one of the tomato varieties in Kenya with the longest life span of up to a year. Its fruits can stay fresh for 3 weeks at room temperature and is resistant to bacterial wilt, fusarium, tomato mosaic virus and nematodes

Money Maker Tomatoes

Money Maker is one of the most popular tomato varieties in Kenya. It is a fresh market variety that requires little maintenance. Moneymaker does well in poor soil. It is hardy to poor weather and need a warmer environment to mature well.
The plant grows to about 5 feet and requires staking. You can easily grow the Money Maker tomato variety outdoors. Like most tomato varieties in Kenya, you should protect your Money Maker plants from frost and maintain warm temperatures – do not plant it during the cold seasons.

Marglobe Tomato

Marglobe tomatoes are also very popular in Kenya. It is a fresh market variety whose fruits weigh between 170 and 180 grams. Marglobe is one of the earliest maturing tomato varieties in Kenya, with an average maturation period of 67 days. It can yield up to 50 tonnes per hectare. It is marketed by the Kenya Seed Company and Simlaw Seeds.

OXLY

Characteristics:

  1. Maturity 75 days from transplanting.
  2. Fruit weight 90 – 100 grams.
  3. Yield potential 12 – 16 tonnes per acre.
  4. Very good shelf life and transportability.
  5. OVery fast germinating with vigorous plants.
  6. Good tolerance against Leaf Roll Virus.

ONYX F1

An excellent Determinate Hybrid Tomato with Oval Fruits
Characteristics:

  1. Maturity 70 days from transplanting.
  2. Fruit weight 100 – 110 grams.
  3. Yield potential 18 tons per acre.
  4. Early maturing.
  5. Excellent shelf life with very firm fruit.

RAMBO F1

An excellent determinate tomato with perfect oval shape – wilt tolerant variety.
Characteristics

  1. Maturity 75 days from transplanting.
  2. Fruit weight 150 grams.
  3. Yield potential 30 tons per acre.
  4. Excellent fruit grade out up to 90% in grade one.
  5. Vigorous plant with excellent shelf life,very firm and uniformly set fruits.

Resistances / Tolerances:
❖ High bacterial wilt tolerant
❖ Fusarium Wilt (Fol: 1,2)
❖ Verticillium Wilt (Vd & Va)
❖ Bacterial Spot
❖ Nematode

SANDOKAN F1

An excellent determinate tomato with perfect oval shape
Characteristics

  1. Maturity 75 days from transplanting.
  2. Fruit weight 150 grams.
  3. Yield potential 30 tons per acre.
  4. Excellent shelf life and transportability.

Resistances / Tolerances:

  1. Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus (TSWV).
  2. Fusarium Wilt (Fol: 1,2).
  3. Verticillium Wilt (Vd & Va).
  4. Bacterial Spot.
  5. Nematode.

STRIKE F1

Characteristics

  1. Maturity 75 days from transplanting.
  2. Fruit weight 120 – 130 grams.
  3. Yield potential 20 tons per acre.
  4. Excellent shelf life and transportability.

Resistances / Tolerances:

  1. Fusarium Wilt (Fol: 1,2).
  2. Verticillium Wilt (Vd & Va).

CHONTO F1

A Premium greenhouse tomato with blocky heavy fruits.
Characteristics

  1. Indeterminate.
  2. Maturity 75 days from transplanting.
  3. Fruit weight 150-200 grams.
  4. Yield Potential 15kgs per plant in greenhouses.
  5. Long shelf life of up to 21 days at room temperature.
  6. Strong calyx retention and long harvest period.

Resistances / Tolerances:

  1. Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus (TYLCV).
  2. Tomato Mosaic Virus (ToMV).
  3. Fusarium Wilt (Fol: 1,2).
  4. Verticillium Wilt (Vd & Va).
  5. Grey Leaf Spot.
  6. Nematode.

BRAVO F1

A premium greenhouse tomato with oval fruits.
Characteristics

  1. Indeterminate.
  2. Maturity 75 days from transplanting.
  3. Fruit weight 120-150 grams.
  4. Yield potential 10 -13kgs per plant in greenhouse.
  5. Long shelf life of up to 21 days at room temperature.
  6. Adapts well to a wide range of agro-ecological zones, long harvest period.

Resistances / Tolerances:
Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus (TYLCV)

  1. Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus (TYLCV).
  2. Tomato Mosaic Virus (ToMV).
  3. Fusarium Wilt (Fol: 1,2).
  4. Verticillium Wilt (Vd & Va).
  5. Grey Leaf Spot.
  6. Nematode.

Source: Tomato farming by Timothy Angwenyi

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