Everyone smiled, grasped hands, and shook their heads in wonder. The excitement at Michael Mugabi’s fields was palpable.
In Mugabi’s plot, farmers were asked to plant four sweetpotato varieties. Two of these were the most popular local market varieties (Muwulu Aduduma and Umbrella), and two new best-fit varieties that had been developed by CIP and NARO (Tanzania and NAROSPOT 1).
Each of the four varieties were planted according to two methods: tradition and a new methods that emphasized following good agronomic practices. Dr. Sam Namanda from CIP taught the new method to farmers, which included making heaps in the soil to knee height (60 cm) and planting only three vines per heap on all three sides of the heap (also known as the triangle method). Namanda also trained the farmers how to weed properly and select the best vines for planting.
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Good agronomic practices with sweetpotato are cause for celebration in Uganda – International Potato Center
Located in Gumpe Parish, Buyende district of Uganda, Mugabi and the SweetGAINS team from the International Potato Center (CIP) had gathered local politicians, farmers, seed producers and NGO’s to witness the incredible and abundant sweetpotato crop that covered the ground in bright orange and green.