The Dutch multinational Rijk Zwaan, devoted to obtaining and selling seeds, is working to obtain the best varieties for producers in Almeria at its research center located in La Cañada, El Ejido, where it has facilities equipped with molecular biology and pathology laboratories and an improvement center.
This week, the company has presented its new plum tomato variety: the Atakama RZ. This tomato meets every characteristic demanded by the producer: consistency, good size (suited to the market's demands, and somewhat larger than its direct competition), great taste and yield.
Manuel García Camacho is a Nijar-based producer who has opened the doors of his greenhouse to the Dutch multinational, specifically to Manuel Hernández, head for tomato cultivation at Rijk Zwaan Iberica; and María del Mar Gimeno, commercial delegate of the company. They are in charge of providing all the details about the Atakama RZ, which is already being marketed commercially this campaign after three years of screening. García Camacho has devoted its 16,000 square meters of greenhouses to it.
“The tomatoes have been planted since August 7, and despite the heat that has been recorded, the setting has been spectacular." Gimeno also points out that the variety has a great yield.
Moreover, the agronomic management is very easy for the producer, as confirmed by the owner of the farm. “I conduct tests with Rijk Zwaan every year and the Atakama caught my attention from the get-go. For example, I noticed that it is more productive, and that it has a greater caliber, the same or higher quality and a great resistance to virosis. In fact, I haven't suffered it at all. The quality and, especially, the productivity were decisive for me to go for the Atakama."
In general terms, the Atakama RZ adapts really well to long cycles. Its caliber and shape remain stable in winter, and the fruit quality (based on skin, color and flavor) is great. Also, it is a tomato with a long shelf life, which makes it possible to ship it to faraway destinations without any quality loss.