In the latest growing season the tomato variety STAR 9068 was widely planted across KZN in a difficult season. The region faces challenges, particularly pest and disease management. Common pests affecting tomato crops locally include aphids, whiteflies, and Tuta absoluta . Diseases such as bacterial wilt, powdery mildew and leaf spot also impact crop health. The characteristics of STAR 9068 helped make control programmes easier and more effective for growers.
STAR 9068 has a determinate, bushy and compact growth habit, typically reaching a height of around 90 to 120 cm. STAR 9068 is an ideal variety for growers that want to achieve an early harvest but still realise maximum yield over a short period.
STAR 9068 has resistance to common tomato diseases such as Fusarium wilt, Verticillium wilt and bacterial wilt. This resistance helps the plants stay healthy and productive. It produces a larger quantity of tomatoes than many other similar varieties. This is advantageous for growers looking to maximize their harvest. STAR 9068 shows good uniformity in terms of fruit size, shape, and colour. This is important for marketability and final product appearance purposes. STAR 9068 fruit have an extended shelf life and this is beneficial for transportation, storage, and reducing spoilage.matoes are an important agricultural crop in KwaZulu-Natal, catering to local consumption and contributing to the regional economy. The provinces’ favourable climate and fertile soils make it conducive for tomato production, supporting both small-scale and commercial farming operations. STAR 9068 was a star in KZN this season.
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