Dr Emmanuel Lyamulemye the Director Uganda Coffee Development Authority and Imelda Kaijja the Deputy Director General in charge of Agriculture Technology Promotion at NaCORI launching three coffee varieties.
The National Agriculture Research Organization-NARO has introduced
three coffee varieties that are resistant to diseases and the dry spell.
The three varieties are NARO- Kituuza Robusta-NKR8, NKR9 and NKR10 generated in
2017. They were subjected to three years of testing before their launch to be
given out to farmers.
They were launched on Saturday during the Mukono farm clinic held
at the National Coffee Research Institute- NaCORI
headquarters at Kituuza, Mukono District.
Dr Godfrey Kagezi a senior research officer at NaCORI notes that all the new
varieties are environmental friendly and tested to survive under various weather
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Dr Emmanuel Lyamulemye the Director Uganda Coffee Development Authority-UCDA says that UCDA has resorted to supplying resistant breeds to
farmers. He says that more than 50,000 resistant cuttings are supplied to the
authority on an annual basis to propagate to farmers and Operation Wealth
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Richard Ssemakula one of the farmers at Mukono says the new
varieties will enable them remain in the business of coffee growing.
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According to Imelda Kaija, the Deputy Director-General in charge
of Agriculture Technology Promotion at NaCORI the varieties on average yield
produces 3,719kgs of hulled coffee beans per hectare per annum.
by UCDA indicate that coffee wilt diseases have reduced coffee export from 4.2
million bags of green beans in 1996 to 2 million bags in 2006.