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Improved Resilience through Sustainable Production of Grafted Tomatoes in Uganda (Project – IRESO)

Tomatoes serve as a source of livelihood for many rural farmers in Uganda, produced by all gender groups and has potential for increasing income, improving living standards and employment creation. Its production and productivity in Uganda has been limited by Bacterial wilt .

This project, with the goal of building wealth and resilience, will map the prevalence rate of bacterial wilt in Uganda, while identifying the resistant genotypes in Uganda, Asia and Netherlands, that can be used as root stock for grafting with commercial genotypes. Participatory on-farm and on-station trails will be undertaken for selection of resistant genotypes, to be used as root stock.

Commercial seedling production will be promoted through 20 commercial nurseries, managed by the 500 youths. Building the capacity of farmers on GAP for high yields will be emphasized.

Lessons learned and challenges will be disseminated through different forums, publications and electronic means to reach a wider clientele.

Implemented by;

Solidaridad East & Central Africa Expertise Centre, House of Seeds, Makerere University and National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI). AgriProFocus is the knowledge manager for the Project.


01/01/2017 to 31/12/2019

It concerns an Applied Research Fund project funded by NWO-WOTRO and supported by the F&BKP.

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Posted By in IRESO Project
Posted 13 August 2018 at 09:56

Grafting: A way to boost tomato harvests from low-quality trees:

Many tropical fruit trees, including tomatoes, mango, avocado and orange, perform better when farmers merge good fruiting characteristics with resistance to disease. To accomplish this, a single stem is placed on to a root stock tree. The stem eventually merges with the root stock to form the main trunk of the tree and from then on that tree bears fruit similar to the plant the graft was taken from.

Bigger harvests

Grafting transforms low quality fruit trees into the high yielding commercial varieties. As such, these trees would be a better source of income as fruit producers each year than their value as wood products. It will ensure that the nature of the plant will be maintained and can perpetuate the specific variety of the plant yet if a farmer plants seeds, the resulting plant will not be identical.

The grafting technology, say scientists at National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCCRI), has been embraced b

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Posted By in Project – IRESO
Posted 26 July 2017 at 11:38

IRESO Project implementing partners meet

On 25th July, partners responsible for implementing activities within the IRESO project met to discuss practicalities for implementation of the project such as; 

- recruiting community change agents

- selection of agronomists that will train farmers and youth

- designed strategies for mobilising 4000 farmers and 500 youth of whom 65% will be women

- defined criteria for selection of demonstration sites. 

Yiki Habert Hello, I would like to one of the agronomists for WestNile, How can i send you my documents ? i completed Bachelor of Agriculture from Kyambogo University.

1 year 3 months ago