Production Strategies for Successful Cultivation of Asian Vegetable Crops

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  • 1 Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, India 641 002.
  • 2 School of Allied Health-Asian American Studies Institute, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269.

There is an amazing variety of Asian vegetables that, even today, are largely unknown in the United States. However, as Asian populations increase in numbers and diversity, local demand has increased and opened up opportunities to identify suitable crops for successful cultivation and possible export of these vegetables back to Asian countries. Production strategies for successful cultivation of Asian vegetable crops include the identification of suitable species; access to genetic material and germplasm collections; evaluation of imported genotypes; development of technologies, skills, and resources to collect production data; monitoring of the risks from pests and diseases; identification of new pests and pest management techniques; and organization of research on postharvest handling, packaging, and transport for a wide range of products to meet the consumer demands.

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