By Wasswa Deo
The Africa Innovations Institute (AfrII) has embarked on a two year research project to extend Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) or technologies aimed to boost upland rice production in the two districts of Luwero and Wakiso.
Through the project, thirty farmers have been selected to participate in this research through a process with aim to equip them with skills and knowledge in practicing climate smart agriculture to boost production of upland rice of the NAMCHE III variety with aim to contribute to food security and increased well-being of rice producers and consumers in Africa.
According to Professor George William Otim-Nape, the Chairman, Africa Innovations Institute, the project is centered on promoting four good agricultural practices and these include, line sowing, fertilizer application, use of ring hoes ;a weeding tool that enables proper weeding within the rice garden without disturbing the rice in its growth, and Planting the NAMCHE III upland rice variety; a variety is tolerant to climate change effects like drought and tolerant to disease and pests.
AfrII’s research scientists and field technicians will be conducting field observation and monitoring visits to supervise and monitor the farmers during the different activities to ensure proper management of the technologies extended to them.