Fruit trees for Uganda

by Grassroots Uganda- Empowering African Women
Fruit trees for Uganda
Fruit trees for Uganda
Fruit trees for Uganda
Fruit trees for Uganda
Fruit trees for Uganda
Fruit trees for Uganda
Fruit trees for Uganda
Fruit trees for Uganda
Fruit trees for Uganda
Fruit trees for Uganda

Project Report | Jan 3, 2018

By Lee Koelzer | Director

Ok- I realize that pineapples do not grow on trees- but let's look at the important part here... they are DELICIOUS!

Fortunately they are also super healthy as they are plumb full of Vitamin C, Manganese, Vitamin B, have anti-inflamatory properties, and aid in digestion. As an added bonus, ripe pineapples sell for between $0.30 and $1 according to size on the retail market- which in Uganda is not a bad price at all!

We recently distributed about 1,000 pineapple suckers to the villagers around Peace Farm. Pineapples are actually a type of Bromeliad, and they reproduce but popping out tiny suckers on the side of the pineapple parent plant, which are easily nocked off. They then sprout roots and grow where they are planted. On average, a pineapple takes about 18 months to grow from a sucker into an adult plant with a ripe pineapple popping out the top. You can also grow pineapple plants from the green top of the pineapple fruit- but plants propagated this way often take up to 4 years to produce fruit- which is why we went for the baby pineapple suckers. Pineapple plants can grow for many years producing fruit before they have to be replaced, so that is an added bonus!

The first pineapple suckers we distributed are just starting to grow their fruit, so in about 3-6 months the village should be littered with peelings of ripe pineapples and small children with sticky hands. Hopefuly people will sell some as well, but if I was them I'd just spend all day eating pineapples!


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Grassroots Uganda- Empowering African Women

Location: Mukono - Uganda
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Grassroots Uganda- Empowering African Women
Lee Koelzer
Project Leader:
Lee Koelzer
Mukono , Mukono Uganda

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