An outreach meeting was held in Shuyang by the Institute of Plant Protection to demonstrate new prevention and control techniques for soil-borne diseases in greenhouse tomato cultivation. The research is funded by Jiangsu Agriculture Science and Technology Innovation Fund. JAAS President Yan Shaohua, VP Chang Youhong, other 50 senior scientists and large tomato households attended the meeting.
Since 2009, the new technology of using bio-control bacteria to prevent soil-borne disease has been applied to field tests in Dajian Village, Huachong Town, and has gained desirable results. During this meeting, the leaders and experts went all the way to the 51 greenhouses of 14 tomato households in Dajian Village. The farmers said that the new technology not only overcomes the continuous-cropping obstacles caused by soil-borne disease, but has promoted crop growth. Prof. Chen Zhiyi, who has been in charge of the research, made a work report. The experts reached the agreement that, the bio-control bacteria, which guarantees safety and good yields, should be produced and extended in a larger scale.
There are over 100,000 mu of cultivated land in Shuyang for facility tomato cultivation, and the farmers make their living mainly by selling these tomatoes. Deputy County Mayor Li Qianzhong spoke highly of the technical services from JAAS and hoped that the bio-control techniques could be extended to the whole county and ensure a sustainable development for local tomato industry.