Virginia Tech, Ohio State University (US); Makerere University, Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (Uganda);
S. Kyamanywa (Uganda); H. Wilson, H. Warren, M. Erbaugh (US)
A farmer implemented crop monitoring program was initiated during the first rainy season of 1996 with the cooperation of two farmer associations and extension officers of the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) in Iganga and Kumi districts. In Iganga district, the emphasis has been on maize, beans, and groundnuts. In Kumi district, the emphasis has been on sorghum, millet, cowpeas, and groundnuts.
Establishment of a farmer implemented crop monitoring program.
Five growing seasons of data have been accumulated. A database of farmer collected information has been established at Makerere University. Data accumulated on maize and beans in Iganga district has been most reliable due to effective cooperation between participating farmers, local extension officers, and researchers. Observations of the maize pest complex focus on the seasonal incidence of foliar, stalk and ear injury by maize stalk borers and the impact of termites. Observations on the bean pest complex emphasize the importance of bean fly in comparison to other pests such as black bean aphid and striped bean weevil.