New Salad Tomato From East-West Seed

Karina van Leeuwen is Crop Breeding
manager of the East-West Seed Group.

It was shown to the public for the first time during the International Field Day held on Feb. 4, 2013 at the Simon N. Groot Research Center in Sansai, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

The latest salad tomato variety to be released by East-West Seed International for commercial planting is the Millennium variety developed by the team headed by Karina van Leeuwen, the crop breeding manager for the East-West Group.

Dr. Mary Ann P. Sayoc, East-West
Seed general manager in the Philippines,
holds a fruit of Millennium salad tomato.
One fruit could fetch P70 in the Philippines.
The Millennium is the first output of the company under its new beef or salad tomato program, according to Karina. The variety is intended for growing under greenhouse. It is indeterminate and can grow up to three meters high. Each plant can produce 10 to 12 clusters of fruits, each cluster weighing about one kilo.

The salad tomato is very expensive. In the Philippines, according to Dr. Mary Ann P. Sayoc, general manager of East-West Seed Philippines, one fruit can cost as much as P70 in an upscale supermarket.

Karina has been breeding tomatoes for East-West Seed for several years now. For a number of years, she was posted in the Philippines and developed the very high-yielding D-Max variety that is good for year-round production. This variety has made many farmers in the Philippines very rich.
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2 thoughts on “New Salad Tomato From East-West Seed

  1. Three questions please:

    Where can I get the seeds?

    Do they need a greenhouse to be grown at 2,000 feet above sea level in Mindanao? If so why?

    Are the seeds hybrids?

    Thanks and regards


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