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Why a new potato variety could be a game-changer for farmers in East Africa

Why a new potato variety could be a game-changer for farmers in East Africa

December 17, 2020
Imagine being a potato farmer in Ethiopia, Kenya, or Nigeria. On a small piece of land, which you depend on for food and income, you have spent months planting, weeding, and watering.
Potato Farmers in Uganda are waiting for new GM 'Victoria'

Potato Farmers in Uganda are waiting for new GM 'Victoria'

July 07, 2018
Victoria - a popular local potato variety in Uganda - is extremely susceptible to potato Late Blight disease, but a resistant GM version of this variety has been developed.
With testing almost complete, it is up to the government biosafety regulatory authorities in Uganda.
District officials in Uganda urged to embrace Irish potato tissue culture

District officials in Uganda urged to embrace Irish potato tissue culture

January 14, 2018
District Agricultural officers in Uganda have been urged to embrace Irish potato tissue culture so as to improve the quality and quantity of Irish potato production, which is one of the best foods to fight hunger.
Uganda field trial shows extreme resistance to late blight by GM potato

Uganda field trial shows extreme resistance to late blight by GM potato

January 31, 2016
In Uganda, a series of field trials began in 2015 to assess whether twelve highly resistant GM plants of the ‘Desiree’ and local ‘Victoria’ variety provided by the International Potato Center CIP offer a durable resistance to late blight
Uganda potato processing plant for French Fries offering opportunities for potato farmers in three countries

New Uganda potato processing plant for French Fries offers opportunities for potato farmers in three countries

January 26, 2015
The first production plant for French Fries in Uganda was commissioned last Friday and will provide opportunities for potato farmers in three countries: Uganda, Rwanda and Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo
Women selling Irish potatoes in a Ugandan food market

Kenya potato import plan worries region

June 29, 2014
Plans by Kenya to import Irish potatoes from the Netherlands have got agricultural experts worried, with some warning that it could bring a more virulent form of late blight to the region.
Uganda potato processing machines

Uganda Farmers to benefit from potato processing machine

August 27, 2013
Farmers in the Kigezi sub-region will benefit from a Uganda Development Bank initiative that seeks to add value to their potatoes before they are put on the market.
Late blight

Ugandan scientists to start trials on GM potato for resistance against blight

July 28, 2013
Scientists in Uganda will soon start confined trials of genetically modified strains of Irish potato designed to be resistant to Phytophthora infestans, the fungus that causes potato blight, now devastating the crop in the west of the country.
Scientists work to save the Irish potato in Kabale, Uganda

Scientists work to save the Irish potato in Kabale, Uganda

March 24, 2013
The potato (Irish) that has fed the people of southwestern Uganda (Kabale) for generations is being threatened by several pests and diseases, including the potato bacterial wilt.
FAO helps Ugandan potato farmers make more money

FAO helps Ugandan potato farmers make more money

April 04, 2012
Potatoes are not widely grown in Uganda but they could earn a farmer big if the right farming methods and good prices are in place. Nathan Baryahisahe, the chairman of the Muko Expanded Irish Potato Producers Association says they now have 161 members...
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Viral potato disease challenges Uganda potato farmers

March 15, 2008
A viral potato disease could jeopardise livelihood in a south western district of Uganda as crops quality and quantity have began dropping. The virus is spread by insect vectors and through human contact from plant to plant. The virus can also be tran...

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