B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali writes:
Successful banana farming begins with proper choice of the location for growing the crop, according to Constance Itungu, a crop technician at Kamenyamiggo National Agricultural Research Organisation (Naro) station in Lwengo District.
“Bananas grow better in well drained loamy and fertile soil,” she says. “The area should have well distributed rainfall throughout the year, and the plantation should not be on a steep hill or in an area where strong winds are likely to damage mature plants bearing heavy banana bunches. Otherwise anyone planning to set up a banana plantation where the soil is poor and the rain scarce should be prepared to use fertilisers and to carry out irrigation,” Itungu adds. Read more …