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Background information on NGARA Uganda Programme 

NGARA Uganda Program Update


i) Resource Mapping and Assessment of gum arabic and aloe producing species

This activity of resource mapping was spearheaded by the experts from the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD).

A report entitled; Uganda Program on Gum Arabic, Aloe and Allied Dryland Resources :Resource Mapping, Assessment and Strengthening of the Local Capacity detailing the methodology, results and preliminary maps showing location, distribution and densities was presented to the Government of Uganda in February 2007.

Further ground truthing and verification is being undertaken before final maps and a harmonized report are produced.

ii) Resource Identification

Plant taxonomists undertook taxonomical identification within the selected areas by species, sub species and varieties that produce gum arabic (including potential adulterants), Aloe and other dryland resources in Karamoja region. A detailed taxonomical description of all the identified species was provided.

iii) Capacity Building

The training of subject matter specialists, producers and collectors was carried out in March 2007 in the following areas:
Gum arabic and aloe resources
Rapid resources assessment
Best harvesting practices
Cleaning and sorting
Storage and packaging

For more details, contact 

Stephen Muwaya
NGARA Focal Point
Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries
P. O. Box 102 Entebbe,
UGANDA

Tel: 256-41-343696
Cell: 256-75-2-642536
Email:ccdnap@infocom.co.ug
  


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