The European Union says
that it expects European tomato production to fall in response to reducing
consumption across the region.
2018 production was 6.9
million tonnes, but a report on the EU’s agricultural prospects from 2018 to 2030
estimates that by 2030 this figure will drop to 6.7 million tonnes. Despite the
fall in production, yields are anticipated to increase, ‘thanks to the
installation of artificial light in the greenhouses and the extension of the
season in the most important producing countries.’
By 2030, domestic
consumption will fall from the current level 14.5kg per person to 13.6kg.
However, while fresh tomato exports from the EU have reduced 0.3% a year over
the last ten years, mainly due to the Russian produce veto in 2014. However the
report predicts that exports will increase to 200,000 tons by 2030. This is
1.6% more than the average of the past five years. Tomato imports, particularly
from Morocco and Turkey are expected to continue to grow by 0.4% per year until
While UK production only
accounts for 0.5% of total EU tomato production, it is the most important
market for EU tomatoes, currently accounting for 72% of total exports, most of
which come from the Netherlands and Spain.2
A new factsheet from AHDB
Horticulture summarises the attributes of the main varieties released in the
second tranche of the East Malling Strawberry Breeding Club, as well as details
of promising selections developed during the same period.
Three varieties from the
second tranche (which started in 2013) are in the process of being commercialised.
The late-season June-bearer Malling Allure (EM2157) and the disease resistant
Everbearers Malling Champion (EMR564) and EMR639.
Malling Allure is described
as ‘a robust plant, with moderate vigour in comparison with other late-season
varieties.’ It is 10-12 days later than Elsanta and has fruit quality similar
to Malling Centenary. Malling Champion is ‘an early season Everbearer,
which produces its peak harvest in July and picks steadily through August.’ It
is resistant to crown rot (Phytophthora
cactorum) and wilt (Verticillium
dahliae) and shows moderate resistance to powdery mildew (Podosphaera aphanis), as
Six other selections from
the programme are due to advance to large scale grower trials, including two
June-bearers and four Everbearers. The East Malling Strawberry Breeding Club
(EMSBC) was formed in 2008 to continue the national strawberry programme that
began at East Malling Research in 1983. The second tranche of AHDB-funded work
runs until 2023.