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* New tomato variety introduced in Sri Lanka
Fri, Oct 22, 2010, 08:28 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Oct 22, Gannoruwa: Sri Lanka's Horticultural Crop Research and Development Institute in Gannoruwa announced the introduction of a new tomato variety suitable for the island.

The new tomato variety was introduced under project thrust tomato varietal development via mutation breeding, according to the website of the institute.

Senior Research Officer Ranjani Peiris told media that the new tomato variety named as 'Lanka Cherry' is smaller in size and the weight of a fruit is around eight grams.

She said that one hectare of the cultivation of Lanka Cherry would give as much as 17 tons of crop.

The harvest can be kept at normal temperature without rotting for 10 to 18 days.

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