Welcome to National Banana Research Program. As one of the research arms of NARO, the National Banana Research Program is mandated To generate and promote improved banana varieties and practices that enhances banana productivity and utilization.

Cooking banana is traditionally the primary staple food crop of the Great Lakes region (Uganda, Northern Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi). In Uganda, where over 14 million people depend on banana, the crop is widely grown, especially in the central and southern parts of the country. It is well adapted as a staple because it provides year-round harvests and thus greater labor efficiency and food security. The crop architecture also reduces erosion on slopes where it is usually planted as a perennial.

Banana producers in Uganda face several constraints that include soil fertility, pests and diseases, post-harvesting and marketing problems. Over the years, subsistence banana growers have had to deal with pests such as the banana weevil and nematodes as well as diseases such as Black Sigatoka and bacterial to remain in production.

The Banana Research Programme aims at producing high yielding, pest and disease resistant banana varieties that are acceptable to end-users and developing agronomic practices that improve productivity of the crop. The outputs are generated through the following projects:

Questions related to Banana Programme . We also collaborate with other research scientists both regional and International and if you have any questions, do not hesitate to get in touch. You can write to us through the contact page and we will get back to you quickly.

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The vast majority of the bananas currently grown and consumed were not conventionally bred but are selections made over probably thousands of years from naturally occurring hybrids. Cultivated bananas are very nearly sterile and as a consequence are not propagated from seed but rather through vegetative propagation, primarily suckers as well as more recently micropropagated or tissue cultured bananas. These factors, very old selections, near sterility and vegetative propagation, mean that these bananas have not been genetically improved either for resistance or improved quality and are becoming increasing in affected by serious pests and diseases.

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