This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects
run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy
Summary for Project title: R7567: Integrated management of banana
diseases in Uganda and R7972: Integrated management of the banana weevil
In Uganda, worn-out soils, pests, diseases and social problems mean
trouble for the banana industry. A basket of remedies is helping the
industry get back on its feet—new varieties, manuring and mulching,
biological controls for pests, and disease-free planting material. New
varieties of banana are already being sold in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and
Tanzania. Several agencies distribute clean plantlets produced by tissue
culture to farmers in these countries, and in Burundi and D.R. Congo as
well. Plus, in Uganda, a local laboratory has been set up that could
produce 10 million plantlets a year. Consumers like the new varieties.
Prices are rising and farmers are expanding their plantings to meet
demand. So, Uganda has a great opportunity to supply bananas to urban
and regional markets.
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty,
Environmental Impact, Annex. Attached PDF (23 pp.) taken from the CD.
CPP54, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 24.