Dr. Kubiriba Jerome


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National Agriculture Research laboratories,
Plot 13, Bombo Road
Kampala Kampala 256 Uganda

Phone: +256414567158

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article thumbnailFarmers in the East African Highlands, centred on Uganda, depend on bananas as a staple food crop and a source of income. The harvest, however, is threatened by many pests and diseases that also...
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Thank you for visiting our website. If you need to make an inquiry please feel the contact form and we will get back to you. If you are interested in Visiting us, we are located about 13 Km from the city centre. If you want to learn more about growing bananas, you can download the Banana Production Manual which is freely available on this website. For other Questions, look at our Frequently asked question section.

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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