Most maize in Uganda is produced with very few productivity enhancing inputs and crop yield is generally below 1.3 tons per acre. Here are the yields and profits a farmer can obtain from maize growing depending on the maize variety coupled with good crop management practices as we can see in the “Grow crop yields” section.

FACOM’S CEO, Mr. Iga Patrick

Maize is the best crop for intercropping with many other food crops and thus saves on land and doesn’t affect food security as it matures earlier but the yield is always better when grown as a sole crop.

Most maize farmers in Uganda have made an attempt to improve their yields from 600kg/acre to 1200kg/acre and are currently content with their harvest despite the fact that they are at a low profitability.

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variety yield
Longe 5 (nalongo) 1600-2400
Salongo qpm 2500-3500
Longe 6H 3200-3600
Longe 2H 2800-3200
Longe 10 H 3200-4100

Proved varieties that are early maturing, drought resistant, resistant to major pests and diseases and are yielding.  It’s worth noting that high yielding varieties need fertile soils in order to meet the nutrient requirements for maximum yield per unit area .However most soils have poor soil fertility and thus need application of fertilizers (organic or inorganic manure or both0 to achieve the recommended yields.

It is useful to seek guidance from an agronomist/soil scientist on the application of fertilizers. This is because the type of fertilizer depends on the soil type,soil nutrient deficiency and crop nutrient requirements among other factors.

Details can be found in “millionaire’s farm” annual publication on commercial farming by FACOM; http://facomug.com/index.html

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