Uganda: Apple growing to increase household incomes

In Uganda's Bundibugyo District, farmers are to receive 450,000 apple seedlings to boost their household incomes. Officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, Naads and National Agricultural Research Organisation (Naro) visited Kasese, Bundibugyo and Kabarole districts to train agricultural officers, extension workers and farmers in apple growing.

These will, in turn, train other farmers. Topics covered were orchard establishment, land preparation, planting, inducing dormancy, defoliation, pruning, pests and disease management.

Partnership
According to Grace Kazigati from Naads, government plans to pilot apple growing in three districts of Rwenzori region.

She said 450,000 seedlings will be supplied to registered farmers in Bundibugyo District in August.

"Naads and Operation Wealth Creation working in partnership with Naro and Bamwe Agri-technologies (from Rukungiri District) to make apple farming a success," said Kazigati.

To promote apples, there will be a sensitisation campaign to raise awareness about the fruit and its values to the farmers in the entire region, who will be targeted to take part in the initiative.

Source: allafrica.com

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