SELECTED QUALITIES OF TOMATO (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill) FRUIT AND PASTE UNDER DIFFERENT FERTILIZER TYPES

SELECTED QUALITIES OF TOMATO (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill) FRUIT AND PASTE UNDER DIFFERENT FERTILIZER TYPES

Author by Dr. Bolatito Shobo

Journal/Publisher: Nigerian Journal Of Horticultural Science

Volume/Edition: 22

Language: English

Pages: 26 - 31

Abstract

Postharvest challenges of handling tomato fruits are of great concern, and emphasis is now being placed on cultivation practices as well as the use of varieties with improved processing qualities as means of addressing these challenges. Experiments were carried out at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria to examine the processing quality of tomato fruits and paste as influenced by fertilizer type, using two varieties. Field experiments for sourcing the fruits were carried out in the late growing season of years 2014 and 2015 in a Randomized Complete Block Design fitted into a split-plot arrangement, replicated thrice. Two tomato varieties (Roma VF and Beske) and six fertilizer types (poultry manure, cow dung, NPK, poultry manure + NPK, cow dung + NPK and control) were used. Biochemical and proximate analyses were carried out on tomato fruits and paste derived from the fruits of the different fertilizer types for both varieties following standard procedures.Data were subjected to Analysis of Variance and treatment means were separated using Duncan’s Multiple Range Test at p<0>


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