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Jordan: breeding of disease tolerant vegetable seeds

The first commercial vegetable hybrid seed breeding station in Jordan was established by Bakker Brothers in joint venture with the Jordanian agricultural trading and distribution company Alqabas Agricultural Cois. Bakker Brothers is Dutch family-run seed company founded in 1928. Its main activity is breeding, production and marketing of vegetable seeds. jordan The direct incentive to develop the project is the occurrence of an aggressive tomato pest called Tuta absoluta (leafminer, or tomato moth) in Jordan and the whole of the Mediterranean region. Previously this pest was unknown in the region and its appearance has caused large losses at tomato farms. As tomato is the main agricultural export product of Jordan, the effective and sustainable control of this pest is an absolute priority. During project implementation the eggplant Super Black F1, the tomato Tuta Rock F1 and the tomato Reksen F1 seed varieties were successfully bred and registered at the designated authorities in Jordan. The joint venture employs 21 staff members and contracted 1o farmers. Trainings were provided on tomato seed breeding, tomato agronomy, nursery activities, planting and replanting, hand pollinations, operating agricultural equipment, land preparation and sawing, hygiene at work, general and quality management. The seed breeding station is operating according the Good Seed and Plant Practices (GSPP) which is an international, transparent business chain system designed for hygiene in seed production and plant raising. Accredited companies operate according to the highest level of quality management.