Uganda: Sustainable production of grafted tomatoes

Tomatoes serve as a source of livelihood for many rural farmers in Uganda, produced by all gender groups and has potential for increasing income, improving living standards and employment creation. Its production and productivity in Uganda has been limited by Bacterial wilt.

A research project, with the goal of building wealth and resilience, will map the prevalence rate of bacterial wilt in Uganda, while identifying the resistant genotypes in Uganda, Asia and Netherlands, that can be used as root stock for grafting with commercial genotypes. Participatory on-farm and on-station trails will be undertaken for selection of resistant genotypes, to be used as root stock.

Commercial seedling production will be promoted through 20 commercial nurseries, managed by the 500 youths. Building the capacity of farmers on GAP for high yields will be emphasised. Lessons learned and challenges will be disseminated through different forums, publications and electronic means to reach a wider clientele.

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