Tomato is botanicaly known as Lycopersicum esculentum belongs to the family Solanacae.It is an important commercial vegetable crop of India & it is a herbaceous sprawling plant growing to 1-3 m in height with weak woody stem. Tomato is a warm season crop, it requires warm and cool climate. The plants cannot withstand frost and high humidity.Tomato is one of the most important vegetables because of its special nutritive value. It contains Protien, Fibre, suger, Fat, Carbohydrate, Vitamins and Minerals. It is one of the most versatile vegetable with wide usage in Indian culinary tradition. Tomatoes are used for soup, salad, pickles, ketchup, puree, sauces and in many other ways It is also used as a salad vegetable. Tomato has very few competitors in the value addition chain of processing.
Problems faced by farmers
The Major constraints in tomato production for farmers are lack of effective irrigation systems, Incidence of pests and diseases and Lack of knowledge of chemical management and thus they always end up with low quality and insufficient quantity.