A variety of tomato fruits has been tested for their feel, colour, flavour and size at the Taiwan Technical Mission (TTM) farm at the King George Sixth School area in Honiara.
Local farmers from around Honiara have been invited to conduct the test today, supervised by staff at the Technical Mission farm.
Prior to the testing, Chief of TTM in Solomon Islands, Mars Shiue told local farmers they are promoting healthy local foods and colourful vegetables.
“We are promoting healthy local foods and one most important thing is having colourful vegetables, so we are asking Solomon Islanders to eat colourful fruits, colourful vegetables, not only greens; so you can have a green leaf slippery cabbage or fern; you can have an orange pumpkin; you can have a purple eggplant; you can have a yellow banana and you can have a red tomato. Once you have colourful vegetables, then all of you can become healthy.”
Meanwhile, Mr Shiue adds their target is to improve the health of all Solomon Islanders through the diversification of vegetable extension to farmers in the country.
“And the Taiwan Technical Mission has been established for 33 years. The diversification of vegetable extension to the farmers to improve all Solomon Islanders’ health will be our current and also future target.”
Most seeds of the tomatoes tested today were imported from Taiwan.