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Asian Journal of Crop Science
  Year: 2014 | Volume: 6 | Issue: 2 | Page No.: 165-175
DOI: 10.3923/ajcs.2014.165.175
Effects of Poultry Manure and NPK (23:10:5) Fertilizer on Tomato Variety Tanya Grown on Selected Soil of Morogoro Region, Tanzania
Eliakira Kisetu and Peter Heri

Abstract:
This study was convened because of low levels of tomato produced in soils of Tanzania with poor fertility status. It compared effects of poultry manure and NPK (23:10:5) fertilizer to the performance of tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill). Poultry manure was applied at 2, 4 and 8 t ha-1 and NPK fertilizer at 20, 40 and 80 kg ha-1. Results showed that the highest number of leaves (70) and shoot length (93 cm) were recorded at 8 t ha-1 and lowest (46 and 57 cm, respectively) at 2 t ha-1 of poultry manure. These variables were far small (18 and 55 cm, respectively) for absolute control. In addition, 40 kg NPK ha-1 recorded the highest shoot length (91 cm) and 20 kg NPK ha-1 lowest (60 cm). Many tomato fruits (31) were produced at 8 t ha-1 poultry manure compared with 22 in 40 kg NPK ha-1 and differed significantly (p<0.001) with absolute control (5) and among treatments. The smallest (823 g) and highest (2338 g) weights of fruits recorded per plant at 2 and 8 t ha-1 poultry manure, respectively, differed significantly (p<0.01) among treatments and absolute control (341 g). The smallest (676 g) and highest (1668 g) weights recorded at 20 and 40 kg NPK ha-1, respectively, also differed significantly (p<0.01). It was concluded that poultry manure at 8 t ha-1 and NPK (23:10:5) fertilizer at 40 kg ha-1 are sufficient for tomato plants but the former outweighs the latter.
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How to cite this article:

Eliakira Kisetu and Peter Heri, 2014. Effects of Poultry Manure and NPK (23:10:5) Fertilizer on Tomato Variety Tanya Grown on Selected Soil of Morogoro Region, Tanzania. Asian Journal of Crop Science, 6: 165-175.

DOI: 10.3923/ajcs.2014.165.175

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=ajcs.2014.165.175

 
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