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Apple is a temperate Climate fruit that was introduced in Uganda specifically in Kabale District in 1999. It is being cultivated as a cash crop in highlands. The fruit has now attracted more than 100,000 families who are benefiting from growing apples, pears, plums, peaches and grapes. Due to favourable temperatures, the Government has zoned the highlands of Kigezi sub-region into temperate fruit production area. Based on agro-climatic conditions suitable for apple production has initially ben targeted in five districts namely; Kabale, Kisoro, Bushenyi, Kabarole and Kapchorwa.
Apple growing has spread to the highlands in Eastern Uganda mainly in Bugisu, Bukedi and Sebei sub regions in areas around Mt. Elgon. There are also a number of farmers in Rwenzori highlands who have taken up apple growing.
Currently, the Uganda government is promoting apple production under the National Agricultural Advisory services (NAADS) programme in the highlands of Kigezi, Bugisu, Bukedi and Sebei sub regions Common Apple Varieties Grown in Uganda