Tuesday, November 19, 2019
A few years ago, Ibrahim Mabuye, a smallholder banana farmer in Rwencherwa village, Birere sub-county, in the western Uganda district of Isingiro, struggled with small-sized banana bunches in his two-acre plantation. While he knew how to clean suckers by paring before planting, he had minimal knowledge of other effective banana agronomic practices. Though he had heard of water and soil conversation practices such as mulching, digging trenches, manure application, etc and plantation management practices such as de-suckering and de-leafing, he hardly practiced them. As a consequence, most of the banana bunches, he harvested from his garden were undersized, low in…
From Entebbe’s aero beach, it took us approximately 25 minutes to get to Lake Victoria’s Equator Island. The winds were blowing mildly and the lake’s blue waters were tranquil. Our destination was an Island on the lake where the lake’s waters straddle the equator. It is said the Equator line runs through two of the lake’s Islands, principally Damba and Lwaji. Before we embarked on our voyage however, we had to bid some time, spending close to half an hour, waiting for the mechanics to prepare the ferry’s decks for the ride on Africa’s largest lake. Excitedly waiting with me,…

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