Potato



  • South Western Uganda is the potato basket for this country although is also produced in Mbarara, Isingiro, Rakai, Mityana, Mbale, Sirinko, Kapchorwa, Nebbi and Arua districts. However, some farmers in these distant districts access clean seed potato either directly from KaZARDI or through the Uganda National Seed Potato Producers Association (UNSPPA).

    The program has developed has developed more than ten varieties and most popular among them include; Rutuku, Victoria, NAKPOT 1,2,3,4 and 5, and KACHPOT 1 and 2. These varieties are suitable for consumption in many preparation forms. Nonetheless, KACHPOT 1 and KACHPOT 2 are particularly good for making potato crisps and for chips, respectively.

    Other technologies/practices developed and are being promoted for profitable potato production;

    Options of fungicide spray for control of potato late blight disease.

    Small Seed Plot Technique? for producing quality seed potato by small-scale farmers.

    Spacing and fertilizer rate recommendations for increasing the proportion of marketable size of table potato tubers especially for chips processing.
    Using Farmers Field School (FFS) and adaptive Farmer Research Groups (FRG) approaches for technology development and dissemination. These approaches have led to empowering farmers to demand for improved and appropriate technologies and to influence design of research and technology promotion process.

    Production of potato plantlets from tissue culture which are multiplied in aeroponic unit and screen houses to generate min tubers for field multiplication.

    A poster on the effect of culture media on in vitro performance and mini tuber productivity of solanum potato developed.

    A poster developed on quality seed potato for improved livelihoods. The evolutionary process: A case for Uganda.
    Pamphlets on late blight of potatoes were published and translated in local language (Rukiga)