We are thrilled to unveil the newest initiative at Makerere University Centre for Crop Improvement (MaRCCI) – the Horticulture and Orphan Crops Improvement Program. Committed to fostering agricultural innovation, this program targets five high-value commodities, strategically developing resilient varieties to meet the demands of both the Ugandan and regional markets.

Pictures during the nursery bed visit at MaRCCI in Kabanyolo

Key Focus Areas:

1. Tomatoes: Our research aims to enhance the quality and yield of tomatoes, addressing challenges faced by local farmers and contributing to food security.

2. Green Peppers: Focusing on green peppers, we strive to create varieties that are not only resilient but also cater to the preferences of consumers, ensuring a sustainable supply chain.

3. Grain Amaranth: As we delve into grain amaranth, our goal is to bolster its nutritional value and adaptability to diverse climates, promoting its cultivation as a staple crop.

4. Pumpkin: Pumpkin varieties developed under this program aim to balance both nutritional content and robustness, benefiting both farmers and consumers.

5. Watermelon: Watermelon varieties designed for resilience and high nutritional value will not only contribute to market demands but also promote sustainable farming practices.

Holistic Approach:

Our commitment extends beyond market demands. We prioritize nutrition and health, advocating for reduced use of chemical sprays to care for the environment. By cultivating crops resilient to pests and diseases, we contribute to a healthier ecosystem.

Nurturing Future Leaders:

The Horticulture and Orphan Crops Improvement Program is not just about crops; it’s about building the next generation of horticulture crop breeders. Through hands-on research and mentorship, we empower students to become leaders in agricultural innovation.

Pictures from the breeding labs during the demonstration

As we embark on this exciting journey, MaRCCI remains dedicated to advancing agricultural practices, ensuring food security, and fostering sustainable farming for a brighter future.