Ugandan scientists develop technique to allow mango production in off-season

Researchers at the state-owned National Crop Resources Research Institute, Namulonge in central Uganda, are exploring a technique called Foliar Flower which could allow farmers to produce mangoes year-round.

Gabriel Ddamulira, the lead researcher, told Xinhua in an interview recently that a reagent, also known as flower inducer-potassium nitrate, is applied on the mango plant one month before and after regular mango flowering periods. This allows mangoes to flower again and will ensure production in the off-season.

Ddamulira said preliminary experiments have shown positive results, noting that studies will be concluded by the end of this year.

"This research work will boost farmers' incomes and livelihoods given that the price of mangoes doubles during the off-season period due to scarcity," he said.

"Production of off-season mangoes will heighten Uganda's regional competitiveness as the country will be able to tap into the growing regional demand even when mangoes are out of season," he added.

According to figures from the Ministry of agriculture Uganda produces 875,000 metric tonnes of mangoes annually and imports around 1,537 metric tonnes.


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