Agriculture Minister Moves to Save Cassava in North, East

The minister of Agriculture, medications Animal Industry and Fisheries, Vincent Ssempijja has moved to save cassava from two diseases threatening the existence of the perennial crop in the North and Eastern parts of Uganda.

A report obtained by ChimpReports indicates that the Cassava Mosaic and the Cassava Brown Steak Disease (CBDS) started from Lango Sub-region in the district of Amolatar early this year causing 80 percent loss of the root tuber and the overall production and productivity loss.

The alarming threat to cassava which is a staple food crop in Lango and some other parts of north and east, forced the Amolatar district officials led by the Acting Agricultural Officer Okodi and the area Member of Parliament, Anthony Okello to appeal to the sector ministry for a quick help.

“Amolatar district made a report on Cassava Brown Steak Disease in the area to the Commissioner Crop Protection, Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries,” part of the report.

After the confirmation of the existence of two diseases in Amolatar, the minister of Agriculture and his team tasked the Ngetta Zonal Agricultural Research and Development Institute in Lira to conduct the necessary studies and propose solutions.

Ssempijja confirmed the development when contacted saying that the major problem in the affected areas is the continuous use of infected seeds by famers and inadequate knowledge.

“The use of infected home saved seeds and those obtained from neighbors and lack of knowledge are big problems out there,” he said.

The minister added that disease resistant varieties are being prepared by the government to be distributed in all the affected areas.


“We are fast-tracking the multiplication of varieties tolerant to CBSD mainly NASE 14 and NAROCASSI.”

Other districts affected are Apac, Gulu, Alebtong and Pader.

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