Plantwise Photo Of The Month- May

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This photo shows Antonio Limbau, the Deputy Minister for Agriculture of Mozambique speaking on the implications of agricultural open data for developing countries at the G8 Open Data for Agriculture conference on Monday in Washington, D.C.¬† Governments in developed countries are working hard to make agriculture data open for others and accessible to farmers. ¬†The…
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Plantwise Uganda to add thirty plant doctors to their pool

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¬†Contributed by Jane Frances Asaba¬†and Joseph Mulema, both CABI Africa, and Phil Taylor, CABI Egham-UK¬† Plantwise has been operating in Uganda for 8 years, throughout which progress in setting up plant clinics with partners has been slow but steady.¬†¬†Recently, things¬†are really taking off; extension workers being¬†instructed to attend courses by their superiors, and their role…
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Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease Spreads To Uganda

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Maize Lethal Necrosis disease, which was first reported in Kenya and Tanzania, has now spread to Uganda, raising concerns for food security in the country. The Ministry of Agriculture has warned that Maize Lethal Necrosis has been reported in districts in eastern Uganda, including Busia and Tororo. A spokesman for the Agriculture Research Organisation, Robert…
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In Uganda, plant doctors gain new insights

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Nineteen plant doctors¬† from the eastern and central region of Uganda are equipped and ready to give good advice to farmers ‚Äď by Jane Frances Asaba and Joseph Mulema¬† in Kampala, Uganda and Phil Taylor in UK As Plantwise Uganda continues to roll out more plant clinics, the need for training of plant doctors to…
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Plant clinics in Uganda: First regional plant clinic awareness workshop held in Kabarole

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This article is adapted from a post on the Rwenzori Information Centres Network blog. In a bid to create awareness about plant clinics in Uganda, Plantwise organized a one day sensitization workshop at Lesuiex Centre in Kabarole District about improving food security and the lives of smallholder farmers in Uganda. It was also aimed at…
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Plantwise heads west (in Uganda)

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The recent awareness raising exercise that took place in Fort Portal in the west of Uganda was a roaring success.¬† The key to extending Plantwise in Uganda was to involve the Chief Administrative officers, District Agricultural officers and the NAADS coordinator of each of the districts.¬† The extension service in Uganda is mostly decentralised with…
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Local trainers trained in Uganda

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Plantwise is expanding rapidly and it is difficult to keep up with the demand (see Plantwise heads west) in some parts of Africa.¬† Uganda was one of the first countries that took up the concept of Plant clinics and thus it is one of the most advanced in clinic numbers and in the integration of…
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More Plant Doctors for Uganda

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Module 1 of the How to be a Plant Doctor has recently taken place at the Makerere University Agricultural research institute.¬† The training over 3 days (12th ‚Äď14th Nov) was opened by Dr Robert Karyeija, ¬†the assistant commissioner for crop protection, and was led by CABI trainers Phil Taylor from CABI UK and Joseph Mulema…
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Coffee Production in Hot Water- The Impacts of Climate Change on the Future of Coffee Crops

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Coffee (Coffea) is the one of the world‚Äôs favourite drinks and the second most traded commodity after oil, accounting for annual retail value of US$ 90 billion. The two main species used in the production of coffee are Arabica coffee (Coffea arabica), which accounts for 70% of coffee production, and Robusta coffee (Coffea canephora). The…
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Sweet potato improving Vitamin A status in Uganda

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A variety of sweet potato has been shown to decrease childhood blindness, when eaten regularly. The variety, called Orange Sweet Potato (OSP), provides higher levels of ő≤- Carotene (the precursor the body uses to produce Vitamin A) than its white and yellow counterparts.
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