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Background


The National Gene Bank however was established in 2004. This was to cater for the conservation of all plant genetic resources i.e orthodox seeds in the country while the recalcitrant seeds are conserved as field gene bank in the Gardens. The national Gene Bank currently holds over 5000 accessions in it. The historic Entebbe Botanic Gardens together with the National Gene Bank comprised the Plant Genetic Resources Centre of National Agricultural Research Organization. The mission of the centre is "to ensure the conservation, management and sustainable use of Uganda's Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (PGRFA) while optimizing their full potential in contributing to national development goals".


The first community seed bank was established in 2010 in Sheema district then Bushenyi. This was after a survey conducted by NARO and Bioversity International together with farmers which revealed that; Some varieties of beans and bananas were disappearing, others were rare in the farming communities, also unreliable seed sources such as neighbours, relatives, friends and the amount received depended on the seasons. These sources were not reliable, hence the intervention.Kiziba CSB now boost of over 800 households directly benefiting from the seed bank, two other seed banks have been established and also produced the best farmer South Western region in 2017 for conserving most diversity of common beans among others.

Key Functions

1. Conservation of Plant Genetic Resources:


In-situ and ex-situ: through providing planting materials/seedlings to communities. Identifying target species, collecting and assembling them. on-farm: through establishment of community seed banks.

2. Research:


Pests and diseases: Disease and pests incidences are reduced when planted in different proportions and in certain spatial arrangements. Medicinal spp: moving towards domestication, so far established protocols for 3 species. Studying diversity and mapping their distribution in the country.

3. Education and awareness:


Provide environmental and conservation education to schools, institutions and public

4. Recreation: general public


The gardens stretch along a 1km beach with beautiful sceneries, the lawns and well spaced trees providing ground for holding functions of all kinds.

5. Provide policy guidelines on PGR


Developed policy guideline for PGRFA

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Key Functions

Conservation of Plant Genetic Resources

In-situ and ex-situ: through providing planting materials/seedlings to communities.
Identifying target species, collecting and assembling them
on-farm: through establishment of community seed banks

Research

Pests and diseases: Disease and pest incidences are reduced when planted in different proportions and in certain spatial arrangements
Medicinal spp: moving towards domestication, so far established protocols for 3 species
Studying diversity and mapping their distribution in the country

Education and awareness

Provide environmental and conservation education to schools, institutions and public

Provide policy guidelines on PGR

Developed policy guideline for PGRFA

Recreation: General Public

The gardens stretch along a 1km beach with beautiful sceneries, the lawns and well-spaced trees providing ground for holding functions of all kinds

Our Team

Dr. J.W. Mulumba

| Curator PGRC | NGB



Email:
phone:


Adokorach Joyce

| PGRC | NGB



Email: joyceadokorach@gmail.com
phone:


Eva Zaake

| NGB Manager



Email: @gmail.com
phone:


Opio Aisteen

| CSB Representative



Email: aisteenopio@gmail.com | aisteenopio@yahoo.com
phone: (+256)775 477 770


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