Uganda: Cassava Disease Threatens Food Security


KOLE/APAC- Researchers have warned of a serious threat posed by cassava brown streak disease (CBSD), saying it could cause food insecurity in Lango.

The worst hit areas are Chegere Sub-county in Apac District and Bala Sub-county in Kole District, where nearly 100 per cent of residents are farmers. Many famers interviewed by this newspaper do not know the origin of this disease.

Dr Settumba Mukasa, the principle investigator with Cassava Community Action Research Project (cassava CARP) at Makerere University, told Daily Monitor that more than 500 farmers in the affected areas had reported “challenges of rotting tuberous roots.”

He said the farmers were feeling the pain because the disease is now infecting their local variety known as bao previously believed to be immune to the disease.

“So the only solution is to destroy all the affected plants, look out for clean planting materials from reliable sources,” Dr…

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