B4FA Fellow Michael Ssale writes:
The Seeds of Gold magazine last week released news that the National Agricultural Research Organisation in collaboration with breeders at National Coffee Research Institute (NaCORI), Kituuza in Mukono District, had introduced new robusta coffee varieties that are resistant to the dreaded Coffee Wilt Disease (CWD).
The yield potential of the new varieties was also said to double that of the current varieties. The magazine further revealed that so far smallholder farmers have been harvesting between 10 and 15 bags per acre of the current varieties against 50 bags per acre, the yield potential of the new varieties.
This is however not the first time that our researchers have come up with improved robusta coffee varieties.