For many years, potato growers from the Kiyombya sub county -Kabarole district- were not in a good place. Some would harvest only a couple of bags after planting one bag of potato seeds.
Their problems continued until 2018, when the government of Korea through the Korean Program on International Agriculture (KOPIA-Uganda center) started supporting the Rwebitaba Zonal Agricultural Research Institute (Rwebitaba ZARDI) to produce high quality potato seeds that were distributed to growers in the Rwenzori region.
They then started by calling upon farmers who were interested to train on good agronomic practices such as planting in line, pests and disease control and use of fertilizers. After getting training on by NARO-KOPIA project, growers learnt about good quality seed and good agronomic practices.
Douglas Mutebi Jjemba, the head of potato research project at Rwebitaba ZARDI revealed that the KOPIA funding has increased the institute capacity to produce the first-class seed of good varieties for chips, crisps and steamed potatoes.
Jjemba revealed that a total of 435 farmers in 25 farmer groups have been trained by the project in clean seed potato production principles in the districts of Kabarole, Kamwenge, Kyegegwa and Kyenjojo.