Value Chains: potatoes, tomatoes and beans
What are the challenges ?
Current situation of potato and tomato value chain in Burundi
With modern technology, farmers can produce yields of 40-48 metric tons of ware potatoes per hectare. This is more than double the yields which are being reached on average in the Great Lakes Region of Africa
Under adequate management the main crop should yield about 35 to 40 tons per hectare
Tomatoes are adapted to a wide range of growing conditions. Tomato can mature in 3 months depending on the planting material used. In Burundi, the harvesting of tomatoes can take place during at least three seasons in a year.
In selecting a site, the need for good air flow must be balanced with the risk of strong wind setting plants back. A site with good air drainage will reduce foliar disease problems and help prevent early spring and late fall frosts.
The field design selected for tomato are guided by soil conditions, training system, variety, and need for transport options access.