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Presidential Fertilizer Initiative Programme has commenced. Eleven blending plants are in now in full operation in different locations across the country. The fertilizer will be sold to farmers at a price of N5,500 per 50KG bag only by State Governments, registered distributors and dealers registered with FEPSAN. Intrested distributors/dealers to participate in the scheme can register with any of the blending plants and at FEPSAN office at No 1. NIDB Building, Muhammadu Buhari way, Kaduna. Whistle blower Nos: 08175777724, 08175077773

There are two types of cracking in tomatoes namely, Concentric Cracking, which is a splitting of the epidermis in circular patterns around the stem scar and Radial Cracking which is a splitting of the epidermis from the stem scar towards the blossom end.
When tomatoes crack, their plants get too much water too fast, causing the interiors to grow quickly as they absorb the extra water from rain or disproportionate watering, and ultimately expand at a quickened pace.
CAUSES OF CRACKING IN TOMATOES
Tomato cracks (sometimes called “growth cracks”) are a problem associated with growing conditions. Dry weather that gives way to excessive watering or a rainy period can lead to cracking. Tomatoes split because of fluctuations in the amount of water they get.
If weather starts out as very dry, and then all of a sudden you get some showers of rain, the insides of the tomatoes would grow faster than the outer skin could, causing cracking.
While this can sometimes be a problem when the tomatoes are still green, it happens more often to tomatoes that are starting to ripen, mainly because the outer skin becomes more fragile the closer a tomato gets to ripening.
HOW TO PREVENT CRACKING IN TOMATOES
You can’t always prevent tomatoes from splitting, as a downpour that dumps several inches of rain on your garden in a few hours will result in split tomatoes no matter what. However, you can make it less likely for your tomatoes to split by taking certain measures.
WATER REGULARLY AND DEEPLY
The most important thing you can do to minimise cracking in tomatoes is to maintain even soil moisture levels by watering during drought. You should water your tomato plants every two to three days during the dry season.
When you water, water at ground level, as spraying the leaves can result in the spread of diseases like blight and septoria. Also be sure to water deeply. Regular, deep watering will reduce the effect of a sudden rainstorm, because your plants won’t be going from dry conditions to sudden wet conditions, which results in splitting.
To help build your tomato’s root system, water at the soil line and avoid overhead watering, which spreads diseases.
More so, the watering of your tomato must be done slowly. Let water sink into the ground to help plants develop strong root systems. When the soil surrounding your tomato plant is moistened 6-8 inches deep, you know you’ve done your job well.
MULCHING
Provide your plants with a good two to three inch layer of organic mulch such as straw, pine needles, or shredded bark. This will maintain more regular soil moisture levels, and you’ll have less cracking to deal with.
Spread a 2-4-inch layer around your tomato plants. Pull back the layer about 1-2 inches from around the tomato stem, forming a small well around the base of the plant. This prevents compaction around the stem, which could lead to stem rot. The well creates a natural dish to capture water for your plant. If you have plenty of extra, apply it in the rows between your tomatoes to keep weeds down.
Water your tomato plants and make sure the moisture has penetrated by testing with your finger.
You can, in the alternative, look for resistant tomato varieties to plant. In general, the thicker the skin, the less prone a tomato is to cracking. Most modern hybrids seem to resist cracking.
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  • Store unused fertilizer away from children, fire, rain and entry of foreign material.
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