The seed company, Vilmorín Mikado presented Bambera and Kuduro at its LEAFY Open Winter Day.
Fruit Today visited the open days by Vilmorín Mikado to see the developments in new varieties of Iceberg, Romaine, Mini Romaine, Multi-leaf and different Babyleaf typologies in situ, with which the company is seeking to satisfy the most demanding markets.
In iceberg, the company highlights Torimbia for transplanting from November, and Zasmira for the same dates. The former brings greater strength in the Campo de Lorca and double aptitude for fresh and processed produce. The latter, Zasmira, is taking on its third year on the market and its shape is its prominent feature. It is focused more on the areas of Cartagena and Águilas, with a milder climate. In general, both offer rusticity and lengthen the post-harvest life, adapting to the clients’ requirements, explains Eliseo Tomás, Sales Delegate in the Levante Region. Its comprehensive pack of resistances to Downy Mildew and Nasonovia aphids, fusarium (important for medium and high regions) completes the advantages of these materials.
In the Mini Romaine segment, Vilmorín’s launches are Bambera (greater conservation in the fields) and Kuduro (added early production). Both are complementary and focused on winter transplanting, offering all the resistances. Pedro Moya, Head of Development in Open Fields at Vilmorín Ibérica, indicates that they expect to be “leaders in their segment” with these materials, in addition to the already consolidated variety, Balboa.
For the autumn, they have Capoeira (the ‘Queen’ for these dates) and variety Caponata, in addition to continuous developing of new materials to cover all the cycles.
In the Baby leaf segment, the Batavia lettuce, Fortessa is being well-received by companies seeking optimum use of the produce.
Parallel to this, the company is working on the development of the Multi-leaf and Romaine lines (for high density and normal framework).