Korean Tomato from Farms with Cutting-edge Equipment Getting Popular
Buyers from all around the world evaluate Korean tomatoes as one of the best because of their freshness, delicious taste, and the reasonable price. Tomato is getting popular as a health food and it is one of the biggest cultivating fruits or vegetables in Korea. The cultivation area has been progressively enlarged. It was 4106ha in 1998 and 6144ha in 2008. This means it has increased 1.5 times in ten years.
Because Korean tomatoes are distributed in a fresh condition without any processing, they are cultivated in a strictly controlled environment for taste and safety. Japan, with its high reputation for food safety, imports registered Korean tomatoes which have ID numbers without any pre-residue-test because the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare (MHLW) decided that Korean tomatoes do not need to be tasted. So, registered farms can export their produce quickly; and this is why all the imported cherry tomatoes in Japan are from Korea.
Buyeo in Chungcheongnam-do is the Main Cultivation Area for Tomatoes
Tomatoes are cultivated all around Korea, Chungcheongnam-do taking 25.7% of the total harvesting amount, Gyeongsangbuk-do 16.1%, Jeollanam-do 14.5%, and Gyeonggi-do 9.7%. There are also smaller areas in Gangseo-gu in Busan, Buyeo and Nonsan in Chungcheongnam-do, and Chuncheon in Gangwon-do.
Buyeo in Chungcheongnam-do is the first place in Korea to have cultivated cherry tomato. Buyeo takes 13% of the whole amount of cherry tomato producing in Korea. Indeed, since 1991 it has been the representative cherry tomato cultivating area in the country. It offers the perfect environment for cultivation cherry tomato: fertile soil with the River Geumgang, a lot of sunshine, and clean air without factories.
Furthermore, the local farms are well-organized as a group working together to produce and ship cherry tomatoes; and they don’t use chemical fertilizers to cultivate their organic cherry tomatoes. Lectures are offered more than two times a week at a Tomato Research Center for farmers; and field training is also given to individual farms as well.
The president of the Cherry Tomato Sorting Association (CTSA) in Sedo Nonghyup (agricultural corporation) said: “Buyeo is the perfect place for cherry tomatoes and we cultivate them mindful that they are eaten by our own families in Korea.”
The reason why the cherry tomatoes of the CTSA are popular is not only because it was the first area of in the country that started their cultivation; it is also due to the organization’s use of cutting-edge equipment the fact that customers are satisfied with their quality and taste. Harvested cherry tomato goes to the public sorting area where they receive GAP certification; they are then packed and sorted by computer according to the destination and identity of the buyers.
When the hot summer comes and tomatoes cannot be cultivated, the members of CTSA concentrate on improving the quality of the soil with sterilization and watering.
The cherry tomatoes of the CTSA are usually exported to Japan. But even thought they have not been exported regularly this year because of the bad weather in the future, the goal is to continue sustained exported not only to Japan but also to Taiwan and Mongolia.
Gu Bon-chang, a manager of Sedo Nonghyup, said: “18,000 tons of cherry tomatoes are cultivated in Sedo per year and most are distributed to the Japanese market through big distribution companies in Fukuoka.”
Tomato Has Effects against Adult Diseases and Cancers
Tomatoes are one of the best health foods because they contain lycopene, flavonoid, glutamic acid, betacarotin and vitamins C and E. Tomatoes are well known to have effects against hypertension, heart disease, and hepatitis and they are thought to have some preventive action against abdominal cancers. They are also good for climacteric women because they control diabetes and osteoporosis.
According to the research by Dr. Edward Giovannucci of Harvard University, if a man eats food made of tomatoes ten times a week, he will have 45% less possibility to get prostate cancer than men who do not eat tomatoes.
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