Ever Heard of Brimato And Pomato? It's Time To Know
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The days of cultivating a single vegetable on a single plant or in a single area for vegetable gardening are long gone. Agricultural sciences have created a number of methods for growing nutritious veggies more quickly. The agricultural industry is developing more rapidly, including techniques like genetic engineering, grafting, and hydroponics. While we have recently observed a variety of veggies being grown using such methods, scientists are currently working on novel approaches to co-grow various vegetables. Last year, producing potatoes and tomatoes was known as "pomato," but this year, scientists have created a new method known as "Brimato" that allows one to produce brinjal alongside these two veggies. 

What Is Pomato? 

Do you know anyone who has ever thought that potatoes and tomatoes might be produced in the same plant? Tomatoes and potatoes are two of the most important elements in Indian food. Potato and tomato can now be grown on the same plant thanks to a method created by the Indian Institute of Vegetable Research (IIVR) in Varanasi. This method is known as "Pomato." In an effort to significantly enhance both the quality and quantity of Pomato, IIVR scientists developed it last year. 

According to a study by Krishi Jagran from 2021, the pomato plant was cultivated utilising the grafting process. This method, which allowed two or three crops to be grown simultaneously, was first invented in Germany in 1977. The Indian Institute of Vegetable Research (IIVR), situated in Varanasi, invented the growing method for tomatoes, allowing both vegetables to coexist on a single plant. The scientist who invented this method, Dr. Anant Kumar, stated that each tomato plant may produce up to two kilogram of tomatoes and 600 gram of potatoes. 

What Is Brimato? 

Similar to how brinjal is produced on a pomato plant, brimato is also grown using this method, however a third layer is added to the plant. So, it is possible to produce potatoes, tomatoes, and brinjal beside each other. According to the IANS report, additional layers are employed to develop chillies on the same plant. According to Dr. Anant, "The tomato takes 22 days to prepare for picking while the brinjal developed using this technique takes about 25 days." According to the report, scientists are experimenting with growing cucumber, gourd, and bitter gourd all at once with other veggies. It took Dr. Anant's method 5 years of research to create these new diverse variations. The greatest thing about raising these vegetables is that they can be raised anywhere, including in pots, and are perfect for homes. 

Hybrid fruits and vegetables are acknowledged to be safe. As a result, you can purchase and consume these foods without worrying about negative health impacts. It's a misconception that hybrid fruits and vegetables are bad for your health. The blending of various genetic components from various plants has been taking place on the globe for thousands of years. Actually, as long as there are natural pollinators like bees, birds, wind, and even humans, hybridization cannot be stopped.