The most innovative of Vilmorin's varieties for the current campaign is the V-410 vine tomato, whose main characteristics are the quality of its fruits, good colour, firmness and excellent preservation, production, resistance and uniformity. All formats are possible: conventional, integrated and organic.
"The V-410 is in its final pre-commercial stage. It is intended to provide better calibres and ensure profitability for the growers," explains Juan José García.
Rebelion 2 variety
Another commercial addition for next campaign is the Rebelion 2, within the ribbed long life market; ideal for production areas more likely to suffer Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus (TYLCV).
Vilmorin has worked very hard to have a presence in all major markets with varieties in the following types: Pinton, Vine, Pear, Cherry and Ribbed long life, as well as a wide range of rootstocks.
"The Pear tomato segment has historically been our specialty. Vilmorin was one of the first firms to introduce long life polygenetic varieties, beginning with the Cencara, the first variety of the type in history. This strategy has continued until the present day with our latest launch, the Trujillo variety."
Trujillo is a Pear type variety suitable for both long term and short term cycle crops in Autumn and Spring. It is a very fertile plant, which settles in both cold and warm climates, always providing a great productivity. It stands out for its intense red colour, even in high humidity and low temperature conditions. It performs well against micro-cracking and offers great post-harvest preservation. It also has a medium resistance to TYLCV and Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus (TSWV).
As for the Cherry type, Vilmorin offers Scialiari, a variety to be harvested on the vine. "Its resistance level to TYLCV, attractive appearance of the vine and good performance against cracking are its identifying features."
The mentality change in Almeria's plantations is not only leading to the introduction of new agricultural techniques, but it is also steering the work of seed-producing firms towards the search of new varieties adapted to the new needs. It is a fact that vine tomato production has considerably increased in recent years.