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.