Pomato = Half Potato, Half Tomato HybridJune 25, 2018
The Pomtato plant has been launched in the United Kingdom in September, 2013 by a horticulture company called Thompson & Morgan; it is not genetically engineered – it’s created through grafting, and can be grown both indoor or outdoor.
Pomato plants have been seen as a new technology to make crops more efficient, maximizing the yield that can be produced on a piece of land or in a small urban environment like a balcony.
Interestingly enough, this idea was initially implemented in a Kenyan prison garden, to fight the hunger which was a big problem. They have already started implementing not only tomatoes and potatoes, but also cherry tomatoes and sweet potatoes. In developing countries such as Kenya (and not only), this technique can save on space, time and labour without affecting the quality of their produce by growing tomtato plants. Grafting can also improve resistance to bacteria, fungi, and other pests.
Pomato plants have been seen as a new technology to make food production more efficient, as they maximize the amount of crops that can be produced on a piece of land or in a small urban environment like a balcony. This has significant impacts on developing countries like Kenya, where farmers can save on space, time and labor without affecting the quality of their produce by growing pomato plants. In addition, grafting can improve resistance to bacteria, viruses and fungi, attract a more diverse group of pollinators and provide a sturdy trunk for delicate ornamental plants.