Potato farmers in Uganda wait on new ‘Victoria’
Researchers from the National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) in Uganda, working closely with the International Potato Center (CIP), are about to complete multi-location field trials and laboratory analyses of an improved transgenic Victoria potato. These trials are part of a comprehensive risk assessment of improved potato, to get it approved by Uganda’s National Biosafety Committee.
For smallholder farmers such as Herbert Nkuba, production of potatoes is challenging due to intense spraying of their crops with fungicides. On average, resource poor farmers in Uganda spend up to USD 417 on fungicides per season per acre of potatoes. Learn about progress made.