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.