Sicilian greenhouse tomato producers are embracing varietal innovation

"Our company is located in the countryside of Acate on the southern Sicilian coast and covers an area of about 1 hectare. We specialize in protected cultivation with tomato as our main crop," said owner Giovanni Rosano.

Giovanni Rosano

"The flagship crop is the datterino tomato but the the oxheart tomato is also widely cultivated. We are pioneers in this field. Our crop, which is grown in high-tech greenhouses, reaches different outlets thanks to the networks of local companies we supply."

Although the Rosano company has remained small, it has always played a major role and continued to invest significantly to achieve the best results in terms of quantity and quality. Currently, the total tomato harvest is around 100 tons per year.

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"We have always been aware of what is new on the market and we like to share the results with our fellow growers. In recent days we had the pleasure of hosting Rijk Zwaan in our greenhouses and he showed the growers and technicians of the areas of Vittoria, Acate and Gela about the excellent characteristics of the Datterino Leoncino tomato. We learned about the variety ourselves last year and, thanks to the ongoing interaction with the seed company's technicians, we have been able to run it well and achieve excellent results."

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"The suggestions to use the vigorous rootstock Suzuka RZ have been crucial, as well as to use growth regulators to avoid the removal of leaves from December onwards during plant cleaning. Leoncino's fruit set allows us to achieve high yields, while its good resistance to splitting reduces wastage. Leoncino also has an open plant, making it suitable for the winter season. Its bright red color and taste satisfy our trading partners," concluded Rosano.

For more information:
Azienda Agricola Rosano Giovanni
C.da Mogli sn
97012 Acate – Italy
+39 333 917 1807
giannirosano@virgilio.it


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