Agriculture Research Information Service (ARIS)

Agriculture Research Information Service (ARIS)

ARIS is one of the support service Units at National Agricultural Research Laboratories...

Biological Control Unit

Biological Control Unit

Insect pests, plant diseases and weeds are major constraints in agricultural systems in Uganda,...

National Agriculture Biotechnology Center

National Agriculture Biotechnology Center

NARO set up a national centre for agricultural research in biotechnology at National...

FBRC

FBRC

FOOD Biosciences Research Centre (FBRC), one of the nine units under National Agricultural...

National Post Harvest Program

National Post Harvest Program

The National Post-harvest Research Unit is mandated to develop and promote technologies, methods...

AEATREC

AEATREC

What is AEATREC? Agricultural Engineering and Appropriate Technology Research Centre (AEATREC)...

  • Agriculture Research Information Service (ARIS)

    Agriculture Research Information Service (ARIS)

  • Biological Control Unit

    Biological Control Unit

  • National Agriculture Biotechnology Center

    National Agriculture Biotechnology Center

  • FBRC

    FBRC

  • National Post Harvest Program

    National Post Harvest Program

  • AEATREC

    AEATREC

1Masette M. and 2Candia A.

1 Food Biosciences Research Centre (FBRC), P. O Box 7852, Kampala, Uganda.

2 Agricultural Engineering Appropriate Technology Research Centre (AEATREC) P. O Box 7144, Kampala, Uganda.

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ABSTRACT

Groundnut is the second most important pulse crop after beans in Uganda. Compared to sub-African countries like Mali and Gambia, the groundnut production level in Uganda has remained stagnantly low for last two decades. Nearly all groundnuts are consumed locally with minimal value addition. Additionally, significant quantities are contaminated with unacceptable levels of aflatoxin which is a serious safety/quality issue in international groundnut trade. This has affected Uganda’s full participation in the groundnuts business at regional as well as international level. As such, a PRA survey involving group and individual interviews was undertaken in August 2008 to identify and quantify bottlenecks that have hampered profitability in the sector. Results showed that lack of appropriate production technologies (83%, n=160), poor handling post-harvest practices (52%, n=160), groundnut variety (64%, n=160) limited knowledge on processing of high-value products (69%, n= 160), presence of unacceptable levels of aflatoxins (40-60-?g kg-1), and compliance to market safety/quality standards were the overriding factors influencing profitability of groundnut enterprise in the study area. With concerted technology transfer efforts to potential entrepreneurs, the identified drawbacks can be easily converted into opportunities for increased profitability in the groundnut sector.

Key words:  Aflatoxin, groundnut variety, value addition, technology transfer.

Vision

To be a centre of excellence generating and promoting appropriate agricultural technologies

Mission

To generate and promote agricultural technologies and improve productivity, value addition, income and food security