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We are the Permaculture Institute for Southern Africa and have teamed up with Rhodes University. The idea is to develop tomato cultivars adapted to South African conditions and develop tools for disease prediction and yield prediction.  We will be doing this in a pesticide-free environment, all organically grown. 

Initially, we would like to plant 100 different tomato genotypes and evaluate their yield and disease performance. This will be a 2-year project.  

The ultimate goal is to expand the supply of tomato types in South Africa, including different colours and shapes, and to obtain a seed bank on non-hybrid varieties that can be reproduced by the farmer himself.

  1. Farmers will be less reliant on chemicals and can save and use their own seeds becoming more self-sufficient and profitable. 
  2. Consumers will have access to a wider range of locally grown organic tomatoes.
  3. The environment will benefit from more natural organic farming methods and a greater diversity of tomatoes also enhances our food security.

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Tomatoes for tomorrow.

The Permaculture Institute for Southern Africa is teaming up with Rhodes University for a project on tomatoes.  The aim is a triple win for the consumer, the farmer and the environment.

We will be developing tomato cultivars that can be grown organically in South African conditions and developing tools for crop prediction and disease protection.

  1. Farmers will be less reliant on chemicals and can save and use their own seeds becoming more self-sufficient and profitable. 
  2. Consumers will have access to a wider range of locally grown organic tomatoes.
  3. The environment will benefit from more natural organic farming methods and a greater diversity of tomatoes also enhances our food security.