How to grow Apples in Uganda

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…

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… Download Guide

How to grow Watermelon

Watermelon, Citrullus lanatus, is part of the Cucurbitaceae family and is thought to have originated in Southern Arica. Today, watermelon is cultivated all over the world on all five continents.
Watermelon is frost sensitive and are monoecious (both male and female flowers are produced on the same plant).

The flowers remain open for approximately a day and are insect pollinated. Watermelons are usually eaten as fruit, in fruit salads or as deserts.
Sweet and delicious, watermelons contains vitamins A, B6 and C and a significant measure of lycopene, a phytonutrient, good for heart, bone and prostate health.

The antioxidants in watermelons maintain the body’s cells and protect against cancer.
Fat-free and low in calories, the fruit scores high on weight-loss diets. And since watermelon is about 92% water, it is a great way to hydrate when temperatures are high.
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How to grow maize

Maize grows best on deep, well-drained, fertile soils, and where total seasonal rainfall exceeds 500 mm. Maize is reasonably tolerant to soil acidity, but if the soil is very acid, liming will improve the soil and enhance maize yields. Maize is susceptible to both drought and waterlogging.

Thus, poorly drained soils should be avoided, unless practices like ridge tillage, drainage and early planting are employed. Drought during the four week period spanning flowering (silking and tasseling) can cause serious yield losses, and therefore some form of water conservation is important (e.g., pot-holing, mulching, tied-ridges), especially in the drier areas.

Temperatures above 38 degrees celcius affect yield by affaceting pollen viability while temperatures below 10 retards maize growth….Download Guide

How to practice goat farming in Uganda

The goat is a versatile animal. It is known as a poor man’s cow. Goats can be kept with little expense in the marginal and undulating lands unsuitable for all types of livestock. It makes use of low quality roughages and because of small size, simple requirement of housing, more resistance to diseases, easily disposal of its products it is considered like gold which can be encashed by the farmers at any time of the year and also at farmer’s critical hour of need.

In Sikkim goat is mostly reared for “Chevon” (Goat Meat) consumed by almost all non- vegetarians. Furthermore in Sikkim’s condition, dressing percentage of meat is comparatively more than other places as people prefer unskinned meat.

Goat keeping has now become a key portion in the rural development programme in the developing countries. Goat milk and meat are rich in protein. To the poor, rearing of goat serves as insurance during economic times during economic crisis , goats provide manure, of high NPK value for agricultural farming.
Goat is claimed as an useful animal for poor people and is responsible for
clearing bushes and making land worth cultivation…. Download Guide

How to practice Fish Farming

This presentation will give us an overview of what we should know about the characteristics of Pond Constructed for fish culturing.
After the pond installation sites have been chosen, the next step is to set up the ponds.

Fish production requires earth ponds, which contain and renew fresh water, and can accommodate the storage, farming, and harvest of fish. Construction of the ponds and associated structures require specific preparations and tasks, which are essential for success.

Moreover, the ponds must be inexpensive to build, easy to maintain, and tidy to ensure that the water and the fish are managed well….Download Guide

How to start a honey bee farming business

Rearing of honey bees is called Apiculture. Keeping bees at a large scale for commercial purposes as a business is increasing in this fast growing world.
Apiculture is related to agriculture or is a part of agriculture.

A  piculture or bee keeping business need less investment of money and labourers with great care of them and a strong relationship between the human being (beekeeper) and the bees.

It is not too hard to keep bees as a business; if you did not have some knowledge about them and the apiculture since bees are wild in nature.  One can easily learn apiculture and can earn more money as profit with less effort.

Honey is one of the oldest sweeteners on earth. Lucky for us, it also has many health benefits and uses. Honey is so good and is listed as power foods that should be in your kitchen right now…Download Guide

How to Practice Poultry Farming

Poultry contributes to improved human nutrition and food security by being a
leading source of high quality protein in form of eggs and meat. It acts as a key
supplement to revenue from crops and other livestock enterprises, thus avoiding
over dependency on traditional commodities with inconsistent prices.

It has a high potential to generate foreign exchange earnings through export of poultry products to neighboring countries. Poultry is highly prized in many social-cultural functions such as dowry and festivities. The poultry industry in Uganda is relatively new. Its major problem is therefore associated with its further expansion, though care must be taken to avoid overproduction…. Download Guide

How to start a pig farming business

The Pig Production Manual is being produced as a short-term fulfilment of pillar four of the NAADS Information and Communication strategy; enabling service providers to become agricultural information providers.

Through the NAADS programme farmers are being organised to effectively access advisory services to increase productivity and profitability of their enterprise…DOWNLOAD Guide

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