National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) has developed and rolled out new cassava varieties that give high yields. These new varieties are resistant to cassava brown streak disease that has affected farmers in the central and eastern parts of Uganda.
National Crops Resources Research Institute(NaCRRI) is one of the six National Agricultural Research Institute (NARIS) under the policy guidance and co-ordination of the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO).
During a tour at their research institute in Namulonge, Dr. Titus Alicai, Program Leader Root Crops Research, highlighted the several varieties of cassava that National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) together with the National Crops Resources Research Institute(NaCRRI) have developed.
Dr. Titus Alicai told journalists that the institute has developed cassava varieties that are resistant to major pests and diseases that have affected several regions in the country.
Dr. Alicai also revealed that these newly developed cassava varieties are highly yielding and can produce over 20 to 30 tons of cassava in a single harvest.
NARO has released 21 improved cassava varieties during the last two decades.
“Our recent varieties are NAROCass 1 & NAROCass 2. They yield up to 30-40 tonnes per yield & are highly resistant,” Dr. Alicai said.
However, the institute’s main challenge has been developing new varieties of cassava.
“It takes up to 10 years to come up with just one variety of cassava. The process to arrive at one variety of cassava is quite long,” Dr Alicai