Low banana production concerns Ugandan researchers

This Saturday’s the ‘Seeds of Gold Farm Clinic’ was held at the National Agricultural Research Laboratories Kawanda. During this event, researchers noted that poor agronomic practices and inadequate value-addition are harming the crop. According to agronomist dr Asher Wilson Okurut, many growers are still employing the traditional farming practices from their ancestors.

“We must embrace new trends in order to grow bananas profitably,” Okurut said, adding that the winning formula lies within the combination of good agronomic practices that involve plant and soil health, proper selection of seeds, prevention of pests and diseases, as well as proper maintenance of the plantation.

The researchers have recently released NaroBan 5 (M30) to add to the existing varieties. Dr Okurut said NaroBan 5 is resistant to weevils, nematodes, and black Sigatoka. “Earlier, varieties NaroBan 1-4 have similar attributes and they could spur commercial production of bananas,” he told monitor.co.ug.

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