Farmers’ perceptions on maize ear rots and the prospects for breeding farmer preferred varieties in Uganda

Maize ear rots are a major constraint to maize production globally, and yield loses of up to 70% have been reported in Uganda. Developing varieties resistant to ear rots is a practical strategy that provides better insurance for the small scale farmers. To enhance the adoption of varieties, farmers’ perceptions should be included early in the breeding programme. In this study a survey was done in four districts of Uganda to examine farmers’ perception on ear rots and their views on agronomic desirable traits. High yield and earliness were the most preferred traits by the farmers.
Les putréfactions des épis de maïs constituent une majeure contrainte à la production de maïs au niveau mondial et les baisses de rendement allant jusqu’à 70% ont été enregistrées en Ouganda. Développer des variétés résistantes aux putréfactions d’épis est une stratégie pratique qui fournit une meilleure assurance aux petits agriculteurs. Afin de promouvoir l’adoption des variétés, les perceptions des agriculteurs devraient être insérées le plus tôt possible dans le programme de reproduction. A cet effet, une étude a été menée dans quatre districts de l’Ouganda pour examiner la perception des agriculteurs sur les putréfactions des épis et leurs points de vue sur les aspects agronomiques souhaitables. Le rendement élevé et la précocité étaient les aspects les plus préférés par les fermiers.
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