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Field vegetables occupy a pre-eminent place among crops which are now being made available throughout the year. Market demand is always high and of extremely relevant economic value. From Eurostat data of 1984, in the member countries of the European Communities, the production of only fresh vegetables reached about 30 million tons, without considering potatoes which alone reached the same production figure. Soon, with the foreseen enlargement to twelve countries with the addition of Spain and Portugal, 40 million tons will be produced, of which one quarter is due to tomatoes alone. The demand for healthy products of high quality requires that producers use the most appropriate agricultural methods and cultivation techniques.

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Bibliographic Reference: CEC/IOBC EXPERTS' GROUP MEETING, RENNES/F, NOV. 20-22, 1985, PUBL. 1987, BY: A.A. BALKEMA, ROTTERDAM, NL
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