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'NARITA 26'


'NARITA 26' is a high-yielding and disease-resistant hybrid that is related to a group of cooking and beer bananas called East African highland bananas (EAHB). ‘NARITA 1’ is named after NARO and IITA, the institutes that jointly developed the NARITA hybrids[1].

‘NARITA 26’ has been tested on station in Uganda, and is ready for further evaluation in a broader range of end-users environments (including farmers’ fields), to assess its potential for adoption by farmers and consumers[2]. Its primary use is as a cooking type.

Breeding strategy

The pedigree of 'NARITA 26' is unknown[3].

Agronomic performance

The following agronomic data were collected during a preliminary yield trial carried out by IITA and NARO at Namulonge in Central Uganda[3]:

Traits
NARITA 26*
Plant height at flowering (cm)
372.5
Pseudostem girth at flowering (cm)
51.8
Time from flowering to harvest (days)
139.9
Bunch weight (kg)
16.2
Number of hands
8.5
Number of fingers
138.8
Fruit circumference (cm)
11.7
Fruit length (cm)
18.1
Number of functional leaves at flowering
8.9
Number of functional leaves at harvest
3.5
Height of tallest sucker at flowering (cm)
328.4
Height of tallest sucker at harvest (cm)
365.3
Youngest leaf spotted at flowering
7.2
Youngest leaf spotted at harvest
2.4
Survival rate (%)
90
* Data are averages for 10 plants evaluated over three crop cycles.

Reaction to diseases and pests

The scores for number of functional leaves and youngest leaf spotted at flowering and harvest indicate medium resistance to black leaf streak.

References

1. IITA press release on the first ever high-yielding matooke hybrids.
2. IITA press release on project to boost banana production in Uganda and Tanzania.
3. Tushemereirwe W, Batte M, Nyine M, Tumuhimbise R, Barekye A, Tendo S, Kubiriba J, Lorenzen J and Swennen R. 2015. Performance of NARITA banana hybrids in the preliminary yield trial for three cycles in Uganda.

Also on this website

Browse photos of NARITA hybrids in Musarama

Official website of Uganda's National Agricultural Research Organization, NARO and its banana research program

To order NARITA26 and browse accession-level information in MGIS