Tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill.) is one of the most valuable and generally cultivated vegetable crops in the world. It is grown in 789.2 thousand ha area with 19759.3 thousand MT production and 25 MT/ha productivity in India. While as in M.P it is grown in 84.53 thousand ha area with 2419.8 thousand MT production and 28.62 MT/ha productivity (Horticulture statistics at a glance 2018 source: Horticulture statistics division, department of agriculture cooperation and farmers welfare). The main tomato producing states are Bihar, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal. Tomato is rich resource of vitamins A, C, potassium, minerals and fibres. Tomatoes are used in the preparation of soup, salad, pickles, ketchup, puree and sauces and also consumed as a vegetable in many other ways. Tomato occupies third rank after potato and onion.
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