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New Tomato Variety MT 56 Developed

The School of Agricultural Sciences has also screened a Tomato Variety MT56 which is very resistant to Bacterial wilt of tomatoes. Bacterial wilt (caused by Ralstonia solanacearum) is one of the most serious diseases of Tomatoes without easy means of controlling. Most farmers in the areas around the central region were abandoning tomato production because of this disease. The new tomato variety is resistant to the bacterial wilt disease and is high yielding. Professor Emeritus Rubaihayo of the Department of Agricultural Production is working on getting the variety officially registered and released by the Variety release committee. Some of the farmers groups in Busukuma - Wakiso and Mukono districts have already started growing the variety. This variety is not genetically modified. It was developed through classical plant breeding procedures.



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