Publication date: Wednesday, 14th July, 2004
SOLUTION: All infected bananas must be cut down and uprooted to prevent new suckers
By Ronald Kalyango THE National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) has started training farmers how to control the deadly Banana Bacterial Wilt (BBW) where it is rampant. It also intends to guide farmers how to prevent it in the districts where it has not spread. While addressing residents of Bamunanika and Zirobwe sub-counties, Dr. Norah Odoyi, a Kawanda-based banana researcher, said the best way of averting the wilt is by breaking off all the male flower buds as soon as the fruits have formed. “If the disease appears, cut down the stem and dig up all the affected plant so that it does not produce any new suckers then dig a hole where the plant was growing and bury all of the pieces completely,” she advised. She said if a farmer cannot dig a hole and bury the pieces, then he should heap them into a mound, cover them with leaves and leave them to rot for at least six months before disturbing the mound. “After cutting a diseased plant or digging in the locality you must sterilise the tools to avoid carrying the infection to other plants. Wipe them thoroughly with a dilute disinfectant such as jik or alcohol like waragi or heat them up in a fire. Odoyi urged local farmers to be vigilant and not allow farmers to introduce infected planting materials in their own plantations. However, reports coming in from other parts of the country indicate that Kiboga district has been devastated by the disease and the infected planting material came from several villages in Bukomero sub-county. The disease known to have begun in Bulyanti village, Kyabaala parish, in Mukono district in September 2001 has spread to 19 districts and is spreading fast but NARO is effectively handling the situation.
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Formerly a rubber estate, the institute was acquired in 1934 from K. Borup, a Danish farmer. It became the headquarters of research division of the Department of Agriculture in 1937 with a mandate to conduct research on coffee, tea, cotton and native food crops. The 630 hectare station located13km north of Kampala became the hub for scientific investigations for African agriculture to make it more productive and economically viable.
The institute has undergone several transformations both in naming and core research mandates and activities over the years. Currently, it is one of the six National Agricultural Research Institutes (NARIs established by the NAR Act 2005) under the dispensation of the National Agricultural Research organization.
Conducting research and providing services on soils, agro-meteorology and Environment; bananas; biosystems and agricultural engineering; food science and agribusiness; and biodiversity and biotechnology
Our Goal: Agricultural productivity and household incomes increased through use of improved technologies and practices
Implementation of activities is organized in five research programmes and an information and documentation unit supported by an administration unit:
Core Values of NARL:
Institute expected outputs
NARL’s activities are premised on the following outputs:
To be a centre of excellence generating and promoting appropriate agricultural technologies
To generate and promote agricultural technologies and improve productivity, value addition, income and food security
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