The use of certified tomato seed materials has potential for improving food security due to their vigour in growth, early maturity and high yields. The production of high quality, healthy seedlings require the correct choice of variety and standardized nursery agronomic procedures. Tomatoes have high economic significance thus optimum seedling development techniques should be disseminated to farmers for adoption. Since the crop exhibits lower rates of adaptation to the rapidly changing agroecology, its seedlings have drastically reduced yields and increased total production costs rendering farmers poor. Thus, there’s a need to equip farmers with Climate- smart procedures for sustainable production of clean seed materials for higher yields, income and improved livelihoods. Primary knowledge on the commonly adopted cultivation practices such as preferred varieties, production systems and demand for propagation materials by tomato farmers is very critical in developing climate-resilient tomato seed production models. The aims of this study were, therefore: i) To assess the preference levels of various tomato varieties among smallholder farmers in Elgeyo Marakwet, Kajiado, Garissa and Siaya Counties; and ii) To determine the tomato production systems practised by smallholder farmers in Elgeyo Marakwet, Kajiado, Garissa and Siaya Counties.
Published Date: 2021-09-10;