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Sorghum and Rice

Sorghum and upland rice are important cash and food crops grown by farmers in SWHAEZ but with constraints that are being addressed by research. Sorghum is a traditional crop cultivated by most farmers in South-western Uganda. Invariably, sorghum has a strong cultural attachment among population in the zone. Currently KAZARDI is addressing challenges related to agronomic practices such as inadequate soil nutrient management technologies and variety mixtures.

Some of the achievements under Sorghum and Rice research




·   Three candidate varieties of sorghum are ready for release.  These varieties include; HSO/03/016, HSO/03/017 and HSO/03/023.  These  varieties  yield  up  to  6  tons  per hectare,  they  are  good  for  porridge  production,  they  are  early  maturing,  short  and resistant to leaf diseases.

·         Other six varieties of sorghum have been identified as early maturing, short and with yielding capacity of 3-4 tons per hectare.





  • NERICA 4 yields higher compared to other varieties. It yields 4 – 5 tons per hectare
  • NERICA 6, 14 and 18 are also performing well in the zone. They yield between 3 – 4 tons per hectare.
  • One CHOMRONG DHAN has been identified as a cold tolerant variety and it is going to be multiplied further.


What rice varieties are you planting? Make sure that you use the right variety to maximize the benefit from your environment.

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Which Millet Variety have you planted? .

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Managing pests in cereals

A write up is provided on how to deal with Pests in cereals.

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You can  therefore chose whatever best suites your preparation. it always pays to observe best practices for  maximum yield.

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Don't foget to ensure recommended spacing.

Most farmers end up wasting seed by planting too much then losing time thinning.

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good yields don't neglect pest management control pestsfor higher margins.

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