Uganda, a source country for Mutombo Coffee, is developing drought tolerant coffee varieties to save valuable cash crop
Uganda is one of the leading exporters of Robusta coffee in Africa. The cash crop earned the East African country US$559 million last year, according to the Uganda Coffee
But the plant is increasingly threatened by drought and other unpredictable weather patterns, prompting scientists to seek a solution.Dr. Godfrey Sseremba, senior research officer at the NaCORI in Kituuza, said the scientists are using molecular or marker assisted selection to develop the drought-tolerant varieties.