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New app diagnoses crop diseases

September 16th, 2019 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru reports:

A team of scientists in conjunction with the National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI) Namulonge has developed a mobile phone application which uses artificial intelligence to accurately identify crop pests and diseases in the field.

The app also delivers the latest advice to manage all major diseases …

How do you run your cooperative society?

September 2nd, 2019 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali writes:

It is quite common nowadays to hear political leaders calling upon small-scale farmers to form cooperative societies sometimes referred to as groups. The idea is to help farmers pool together their resources in order to produce more and to earn more. 

When 50 tomato farmers in one …

GM cassava research progresses in Uganda

September 2nd, 2019 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

As Ugandan researchers progress in breeding genetically modified (GM)  disease-resistant cassava, they are requesting permission to create permanent demonstration gardens of the improved crops. The goal is to ensure continuous documentation of the ongoing cassava research and also provide a place where people can see GM plants. However, the request …

Uganda: Schools to teach biotechnology

July 22nd, 2019 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali reports:

Finally the Ministry of Education and Sports has endorsed a new curriculum for the agriculture course unit that requires students in middle secondary school to be trained in modern biosciences including modern biotechnology applications.

The news which was also published by the online Crop Biotech Update (July …

The challenges of food storage

July 16th, 2019

B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali writes in the Daily Monitor, Uganda

It is quite frustrating to think of the amount of food produced by struggling smallholder farmers in Uganda and gets lost due to lack of proper storage.A lot of our poverty and food insecurity reduction efforts ought to be geared towards …

How farmers grow vegetables in hydroponics

July 8th, 2019

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru writes:

Providing quality nutritive food to millions of people by 2025 will be a major challenge for Uganda. Increasing population, decreasing land, water holding and global warming are some of the major impediments for agriculture, the backbone of this country. Various biotic and abiotic stress factors are threatening …

Mixed farming uplifts Migadde

April 15th, 2019 / World Vegetable Center

B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali writes:

It is almost standard practice these days for young people to migrate to large towns in search of well-paying jobs, leaving great employment opportunities behind right in their home villages.

Many others, upon completion of their education in towns, choose to hang around there in the hope …

How you can grow bananas successfully

April 9th, 2019 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

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. 

Requirements “Bananas grow better in well drained loamy and fertile soil,” she says. “The area should …

Uganda GMO banana research progresses despite legal uncertainty

March 3rd, 2019 / Alliance for Science, US

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afredraru reports:

The Ugandan researchers who have been working since 2005 to breed more nutritious bananas say their progress won’t be hindered by a strict liability clause in the nation’s latest biosafety bill.

The scientists are using genetic engineering to develop bananas rich in such nutrients as vitamin A, …

How farmers can control cassava diseases

February 27th, 2019 / AllAfrica.com

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru reports

Farmers across Africa are engaged in growing cassava which is considered as food security and industrial crop but the plant is vulnerable to a broad range of diseases as well as less known viral strains.

In East Africa the most common are Cassava Brown Streak Virus (CBSV), …