B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru reports:
There is increasing use of processed fertilizer by large scale farmers in the country with the aim of increasing their farm productivity.
Uganda’s smallholder agricultural sector continues to register one of the lowest fertilizer applications in sub-Saharan Africa.
The statistics indicates that Ugandan farmers use 1 to 1.5 kg per hectare per year against the recommended amount of 200 kg per hectare per year.
Soil scientists and policy makers are now promoting increased adoption of improved agricultural technologies including inorganic and organic fertilizer application as a strategy to rejuvenate improvement of soil fertility in the country.
As such farmers now have the option to choose which organic fertilizer suits best for their soils, with the recent being Fertiplus granular organic fertilizer processed from the Netherlands which is now in Ugandan market.
Other types of organic fertilizer already in the market include NPK containing Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium nutrients, Urea and diammonium phosphate (DAP).
Retired Prof Kitungulu Zake from Makerere University College of Agricultural and Environmental sciences an expert in soil science explaining the importance for farmers to use organic fertilizer to boost the soil nutrient notes that all types of quality fertilizer usage in Ugandan soils is important. Read more