Mandate: To promote and avail NARO technologies and suitable local cultivars of horticultural crops with aim of improving production and people’s livelihoods in the Lake Victoria Crescent Zone. The section is divided into the Fruits and vegetable sub-units.
- Production of improved fruit tree seedlings of oranges, mangoes, pawpaw’s and passion fruit. Orchards of these crops serve as mother gardens for scions.
- The section is also responsible for promotion of exotic and indigenous vegetables suitable in the zone
Main activities carried out
1. Multiplication, dissemination and promotion of improved fruit trees
- Mango: Tommy Arkins, Palvin, Keint, Kett and Apple mango. Local cultivars are also available and include Bire, Sejjembe and Ddoodo
- Passion fruit: Kawanda Hybrid
- Citrus fruits: Sweet oranges: Washington Navel, Hamlin, Valencia.
- Others : tangero and tangerines
- Ovacado: Semil 34 and 43, Esther, Others: fuete and Hass (grafted on requested due to low demand)
2. Vegetable promotion and production
- Promotion of indigenous and exotic vegetables such as, amarathus types, okra, French beans, squash, bitter berries, nightshade, spinach and cabbage
- Providing information on the source of planting material since the section has not acquired sufficient seed.
Vegetable demonstration field
3. Capacity building in horticulture production
- Targets students, pupils, farmers and Non government organizations in modern management practices of Horticulture production.
The section has on going research activities on Indigenous vegetables in collaboration with Makerere University, Plant Genetic Resource Centre and NaCRRI i.e Nakati (Solanum aethopicum), Jjobyo ( Cleome gynandries) and Bugga (Amarathus Lividus). Current research is taking place in determining appropriate agronomic practices i.e. line spacing and fertilizres rate.This is being done at various spacings of 15cm, 30 cm and 45 cm. Fertilizer treatments include poultry litter and UREA.
other Research activities will focus on .
- Optimum planting population/ seed rate
- Fertilizer and manure use (i.e. NPK and poultry manure according to different rates)
- Pests and disease management in mixed verses monocrops
- Leafy vegetable processing and nutrition
- Participatory community seed multiplication