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NAADS/NARO Promotes Tissue Culture materials form increased Banana production and Food Security

NAADS Monitoring & Evaluation Team in field to pick lessons on performance of Tissue cultured materials supplied by NAADS Vs local materials at one of the large scale Bamwe Plantations in Kiryandongo District.
Tissue culture banana plantlets are disease free at the time of planting and the same conditions can be maintained by proper crop management.
Farmers need to pick lessons from already supplied and productive centers with successful banana plantations.
NAADS works with NARO to get agricultural technologies best on research and agronomical factors. The suckers can be incorporated with nutrition components of zinc or iron or traits giving them disease resistance like to banana bacteria wilt with precision.
The NARO institute has bred a banana variety resistant to Banana Bacteria Wilt (BBW) using genetic engineering. It has also bred another variety enhanced with Vitamin A. NAADS has distributed similar suckers to farmers and performance is promising: Moses Okullo -Opio of Okwor village in Lira district is one farmer.

He said he got 55 banana suckers from NARL and another 150 from the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADs). His varieties include Mpologoma, Mbwazurume, Fhia 17 (dessert)& and M9 a matooke variety developed at NARL.
He said banana growing were better because clearing of land is done once and incomes are better compared to other crops.
He said he sells between 70- 100 bunches every months at prices ranging from sh 10,000- 15,000.
Kuburiba praised the banana as a drought tolerant crop and added that the adoption in the north has taken away the myth that the north was not suitable for banana growing.‚Äč

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Atiak Sugar Factory in Acholi Sub-region completed

With funds from NAADS, the Atiak Sugar Factory in Acholi Sub-region is completed meant to support about 3,500 sugarcane growers from the districts of Amuru, Gulu, Adjumani and Lamwo District and hoped to lift thousands of lives; NAADS with Government of Uganda have contributed to the funding of this project which is likely to bring down prices of sugar in the country and create massive employment in the Achori-sub region.

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NAADS is working with Operation Wealth Creation to transform the lives of Ugandans through improved Agricultural production

OWC is an initiative by H.E the President of the Republic ofUganda aimed at engaging the UPDF inimproving household incomes by providing support in the coordination of NAADSactivities at community level. This was in recognition of the role of the UPDFin spearheading the liberation struggle. As a result therefore, the NAADS staffin District Local Governments were relieved of their duties to pave way for asingle spine mode of extension approach to be implemented directly under theMinistry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF). Effectiveimplementation of this new initiative requires an integrated approach that involvesthe traditional civil servants as technocrats, political, religious andcultural leaders to provide a platform for transforming the traditional mindset of population.

OWC Initiative is being implementedunder various Ministries and Agencies. However the Agriculture component of providing inputs/technologies to farmers at national level is being managed byOWC under the office of the President and NAADS under MAAIF. OWC has a wellorganized structure that provides for the overall Coordinator at nationallevel, the headquarter staff based at Bwebaja on Entebbe road, Liaison Officersbased in selected Ministries like MAAIF, MOFPED and Agencies like NAADS, NARO,REA, and UNFFE among others, the Regional Coordinators for all the 18 OWC zonesand Constituency Coordinators for all the 230 Constituencies countrywide.

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