Nabuin Introduces New Crop, Animal Varieties

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Nabuin Zonal Agricultural Research Development Institute Nabzardi has introduced new crop and animal varieties for farmers in Karamoja and Teso sub regions.

Nabuin Zonal Agricultural Research Development Institute (Nabzardi) has introduced new crop and animal varieties for farmers in Karamoja and Teso sub regions. 

Nabzardi, one of the 16 Public Agricultural Research Institutes under the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) is established by the National Agriculture Research Act 2005. The institute is mandated to conduct and manage applied and adaptive agricultural research and facilitate the development and dissemination of appropriate agricultural technologies in the two sub regions. 

As a coping mechanism in the area known for hunger and high poverty levels, the institute has recommended the use new technologies in the new farming season. 

In crop and natural resources, new crop varieties in sorghum (Seso 3), palm millet (ICMV 221), beans (Nabe 15, Nabe 4, KI31 and local breed- Tapara) have been recommended as some of the crops to help farmers.  Others are cassava (Nase 14, Narocas 1&2 and 52TNE14), cowpeas (Secow), green gram (Filpan) and sunflower (sunfora) among others.

Vallence Nsabiyera, the scientist in charge of crop and natural resources at Nabuin says the selected crop varieties are high yielding, tolerant to pests and diseases, fast maturing and the most adaptive in Karamoja sub region.

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In animal resources research,  Sayaiwal (meat and milk) and Freshian and Ayrshire cattle breeds have been recommended to farmers. The program leader animal resources research, Charles Byaruhanga, says the new breeds fetch between eight and ten litres of milk and are fast growing. 

Byaruhanga told URN that the institute has trained 400 farmers across the districts of Moroto, Napak, Nakapiripirit and Amudat on dry season feeding of animals using hay. He adds that farmers are encouraged to do artificial insemination to improve their local breeds of animals. 

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Angella Nakut,  a farmer in Lorengedwat says although the new varieties are good, there's need to sensitise farmers to adapt to new technologies.