NAADs Predicts Bumper Maize Harvest

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Samuel Mugasi, the Executive Director NAADs, says despite the dry spell and fall army worms, their site visits around several maize farmers across the country, show that the farmers expect a good yield.

The National Agricultural Advisory Services-NAADs is predicting a bumper maize harvest from last season despite the effects of the long dry spell and the fall army worm outbreak. 

Several hectares of maize gardens were lost in the past few months due to drought and the fall army worm outbreak. But Samuel Mugasi, the Executive Director NAADs, says despite the dry spell and fall army worms, their site visits around several maize farmers across the country, show that the farmers expect a good yield.


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He lists areas such as Mubende, Mityana, Masindi and some parts of Busoga as the areas, where they expect a good maize harvest. 

Mugasi appeals to farmers not to give up maize growing because of last season's attack by drought and the fall army worm. 

He says they have set up a surveillance team to watch out for any pests in the next season.

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Mugasi asks farmers to start preparing their gardens to avoid making losses by late planting.

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According to the Uganda National Meteorological Authority, the next rain season is expected to start in November.  

Last year, NAADS distributed 9.2 million kilograms of maize seeds to farmers across the country.

NAADS also distributed 133 million tea plantlets, mango tree seedlings and 12 million orange seedlings.