Empowering Farm Women through Food Processing Entrepreneurship
Ujjain district has a predominance of Soybean based cropping system with only soybean during kharif in about 95 per cent area followed by chickpea, wheat, potato, garlic and onion in Rabi season. Earlier, farmers used to grow tomato with open pollinated varieties without giving due consideration to its production technology and hence got low yield of around 150 quintals per hectare. KVK, Ujjain after identifying the potential area promoted the cultivation of hybrid tomato in the year 2007 with all the appropriate technologies such as use of hybrid varieties, management of nursery, integrated nutrient and pest management, use of pro-trays for raising seedlings and special interventions such as use of boron to tackle physiological disorders in tomato. Today, tomato is cultivated in 3500 ha area in the district with an average productivity of 250 to 325 quintals per hectare.