Using technology to Boost Agricultural Output

Project Info

Skills Cleaning, Volunteering, Advanced farming

Project Description

We work for the sustainable development of grassroots communities in Kagera Region. Includes enterprise projects such as solar drying technology, and tissue culture banana growing, organic farming and so on.

FADECO BIO-CROPS is a new initiative in Karagwe district, Kagera Region, NW Tanzania, that has embarked on production and dissemination of clean planting banana materials, addressing the devastating Banana Bacterial Wilt virus, that has left the Kagera Region devoid of bananas- the staple food crop as well as biggest income earner.
We are currently partnering with 2 private sector biotechnology initiatives: BioCrops (U) ltd in Kampala and Crop Bio-science Solutions (T) Ltd in Arusha ,who both have plant genetic engineering capability. We are looking for partners to work with to make this project a success. This project complements initial efforts to enhance livelihood security (improved household food security and incomes) of the people in Kagera region that have been undertaken by FADECO since 1993.
Seven districts in Kagera region (Bukoba, Biharamulo, Muleba, Karagwe, Ngara, Kyerwa and Misenyi) have have been hit by the Banana Bacterial disease (BXW). Almost 90 per cent of the entire crop is at risk of destruction.
Available data indicate that Kagera region has an annual yield of about 650,000 tonnes of banana.Banana is an economic backbone of Kagera residents, comprising over 2.2 million people. BXW is a bacterial disease that causes yellowing and wilting of the leaves, uneven and premature ripening of the fruits and eventually the plants rot and die. BXW is caused by the bacterium Xanthomonas campestris and affects all types of banana.
Banana bacterial wilt, is a disease caused by Xanthomonas bacteria. It is so devastating to bananas andextremely burdensome and costly to a farmer. It attacks the banana plant, turning its sap into “pus” that oozes out when cut. In extreme cases, the plant wilts before fruiting and incase it gets to fruit, it ripens before it matures for a farmer to reap from sweat.This wilt attacks all cultivars of banana from the beloved Matooke to the sweet types causing up to $2.2b estimated annual loss.

The Key project objectives are:
To produce and distribute 2,000,000 clean planting materials of banana wilt resistant/ torelant varieties in Kagera in a period of 4 years (2016-2020). This will enable smallholder farmers in Kagera region as well as well the NW Tanzania, to have access to adapted high yielding bananas from east African highland germplasm with resistance to banana bacterial wilt (BBW).
FADECO has been involved in the past to promote post harvest technologies (Value addition technologies) and also manages a community broadcasting radio station (FADECO RADIO).

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