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Promising results with new RENKA* hybrid tomato

RENKA* is a new indeterminate round hybrid tomato from Starke Ayres which is doing well in undercover production across South Africa.

The variety was tested in the East London area and following extremely promising trial results, Renca Farming started with full-scale commercial production with impressive results.

RENKA* offers vigorous, strong, well-balanced plants, exhibiting exceptional uniformity of internodes, fruit set, trusses and fruit size. The deep red, oblate-shaped fruit has an average weight of between 160g and 180g. The stem attachment is neat and the fruit have very low incidents of ribbed shoulders or malformation. They typically have three locules with thick walls and very good firmness, as well as good internal colour.

The hybrid has a strong disease resistance package, which gives the variety an edge above others. The disease package is:

  • HR: Verticillium Wilt (Va, Ve), Fusaruim Wilt (Fol: 1 – 3), Tobacco Mosaic Virus (TMV)
  • IR: Root-Knot Nematodes (Ma, Mi, Mj), Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus (TSWV), Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus (TYLCV)

RENKA* also showed very good field tolerance against Powdery Mildew due to the open plant frame and growth habit that allows good air movement.

What the words mean:

Indeterminate: Unable to be predicted

Full-scale commercial plantings: Production for the market

Vigorous: Full of strength, energy and liveliness.

Locules: The hollows (chambers) in a tomato fruit.

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