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International Research Journal of Agricultural Science and Soil Science

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Comparison of growth, yield performance and profitability of tomato (Solanum lycopersicon) under different fertilizer types in humid forest ultisols

Abstract

Law Ogbomo, K.E

Studies were conducted as an on-farm trial at Uyinwendin, Edo State, Nigeria in 2008 and 2009 to evaluate the effect of different fertilizer types on crop performance in terms of growth, yield and profitability of Solanum lycopersicom. The trial involved five treatments viz: control, compost manure, cured poultry manure, inorganic fertilizer (NPK 15:15:15) and combined inorganic and organic fertilizer (organomineral fertilizer) at a combination of 20 t ha-1 organic fertilizer (mixture of compost and poultry manures) and 100 kg ha-1 NPK laid in a randomized complete block design and replicated three things. Results showed that. Stem girth, plant height, number of branches, number of leaves, and days to 50% flowering and fruit yield indices were influenced positively by fertilizer application. The optimum fruit yield was 27.30 t ha-1 produced from organomineral fertilizer treatment based on revenue (N1, 187,550.00), gross margin (N1, 090611.50), net farm profit (N1, 077892.65) and Benefit-cost ratio (10.83) which were the highest among the treatments.

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