Three highly nutritious and commercially viable bean varieties are now ready for supply next season after intensive breeding. Cliff Richard Masagazi, the Managing Director Pearl Seeds Limited, one of the seed companies involved in production of the seeds, says they have been ensuring large production of these beans varieties.
The varieties are Naro Bean 1, Naro bean 2 and Naro bean 3. They were released last year by National Agricultural Research Organization - NARO.
The bean varieties were given to seed companies as foundation seeds which have now been successfully produced in substantial quantities to boost nutrition and productivity.
Naro bean 1 is believed to be rich in iron. It is a bush type and matures early enough between 60 and 68 days. It produces four seeds per pod and the seeds are large enough.
The seed is cuboid, white with purple speckles. It provides high yields between 1500kg and 2000kg an acre.
Naro bean 2 is also rich in iron. It is medium seeded and oval shaped. It produces up to 32 pods each having four seeds.
It matures in between 58 and 68 days. Its yields are measured between 1600kgs and 2200kgs an acre.
Naro bean 3 is also medium seeded and oval is shape. It produces 24 pods each having 5 seeds. It is light yellow in colour and matures between 58 to 68 days. Its yields are also between 1600 and 2200kgs an acre.
Cliff Richard Masagazi, the Managing Director Pearl Seeds Limited, one of the seed companies involved in production of the seeds, says they have been ensuring large production of these beans varieties.
He says they are now ready to supply the varieties.
Masagazi says these varieties do well in mid to high altitude areas. They do well in areas between 1000 to 1500 metres above sea level.
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At least 130 out-growers are involved in breeding of these bean seed varieties in Mityana and Mubende districts.
Livingstone Kajjajjata is one of the out-growers involved in production of these bean seed varieties in Mityana District. He has 30 acres of beans.
Kajjajjata confirms that these varieties are of high yields. He has been growing them in the last three seasons to boost their availability for supply.
He says last season he got 2.6 tonnes from the two acres. He says he is sure of boosting his income when he starts harvesting his 30 acres in two weeks.
Charles Kaggwa, another farmer involved in production of these bean varieties describes them as easy to grow and not prone to pests. He says they are easy to manage because they are not creepy in nature.
Kaggwa says they can also be grown in a coffee plantation.
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Seed breeders hope these varieties will be ready for supply next season.