The government is to fund the research into banana wilt and cassava streak disease, President Yoweri Museveni has said. He made the announcement on Wednesday while meeting with district chairpersons, extension workers, Chief Administrative Officer s, district agricultural officers, farmers and min...
By John Kasozi
EVA Musinguzi, Winifred Ntawera and Keziah Ruharuza cannot believe that the newly-released two-inch Kiwangaazi banana variety they despised is empowering them.
The trio, who are part of the 16 contact farmers for the National Banana Research Programme under the National Agricultural Res...
Welcome to the website of the National Banana Research Program. As one of the research arms of NARO, the National Banana Research Program is mandated to carry out research on Banana in Uganda. Its goal is to enhance banana productivity and utilization through development and promotion of technologies for integrated management of weevil, black Sigatoka and nematodes.
Enhanced banana productivity will, in turn, contribute to the Uganda national goal of improving food security and household income of people living under severe poverty. The NBRP comprises a team of interdisplinary scientists and students working closely to ensure that Banana improvement is approached from a wholistic perspective. The following working groups make up the Banana research team; Breeders, Pathologists, Socioeconomists, Biotechnologists, Nematologists and Entomologists.
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The major diseases found in Uganda are: Black sigatoka,Yellow sigatoka, Cladosporium speckle, Banana streak virus(BVS), Fusarium wilt and Matooke wilt.
All other diseases are minor and include Cucumber mosaic virus, Corm rot(Armellaria) and Cigar end disease.
Leaf diseases may be difficult to differentiate in the field and farmers often confuse their symptoms for causes of otherconstraints especially weevils and nutrient deficiencies.
The diseases are worse where other stresses (weevils, nematodes,nutrient deficiency) are severe.
The diseases cause premature death of large areas of the leaf surface, in some cases the entire ,leaf is affected.