NARO through USAID funded Feed the Future Uganda Agricultural Research Activity is in talks with the Uganda Fruits and Vegetable Exporters and Producers Association and Horticultural Exporters Association.
Exporters touring the Food Biosciences and Agribusiness laboratory where Long-shelf-life banana technology is being developed.
This is in a bid to forge collaboration with private sector to bridge the research-market gap for the export market. In an entry engagement held on 20th September 2021 at Kawanda-National Agricultural Research Laboratories (NARL), 40 banana exporters engaged with NARO’s banana research team to explore potential partnerships for market testing of the long-share-life banana, and establish a platform through which the exporters can input and support improvement of the technology under development.
Speaking on behalf of the Director-NARL, Mr. Kaggwa Abdullah explained that NARO has started commercialisation of its products and is focusing on eight commodities including the banana crop. “We are looking at easing banana export and value addition. The Banana research program is being supported to develop four banana technologies including; long-shelf-life banana, ethanol extracted from corm, resistant starch and fibre extraction”. Mr. Kaggwa said.
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