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Macadamia: A New Priority Crop For Uganda That Can Earn Farmers Shs70m From An Acre

Macadamia nuts are tree nuts that have a subtle, butter-like flavour and creamy texture. Originated from Australia, macadamia trees are now grown in various places around the world, such as Brazil, Costa Rica, Hawaii, New Zealand and now in Uganda.

Like most other nuts, Macadamia nuts are rich in nutrients and beneficial plant compounds. They’re also linked to several health benefits including improved digestion, heart health, weight management, and blood sugar control.
In Australia, the crop is taken as gold for it has turned many into living a meaningful life. Globally, macadamia growth has increased by 50% in the past decade, accompanied by strong price growth.

Now Government of Uganda is adding Macadamia on the list of priority crops. This was revealed earlier yesterday by the Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja while visiting Macadamia farmers at Nambale Village in Mityana District.

He said a farmer can earn between Shs60-Shs70 million shillings from an acre per year if properly managed.

“We are now looking for partners. We are making it a priority crop and we need farmers who can grow it on a large scale because the market is available Worldwide,” the Minister said.

Minister Ssempijja touring a Macadamia plantation in Mityana

Growing Macadamia

When you are to plant just Macadamia with no other food crops, spacing  is 7.5 by 7.5 feet and you will have 75 trees in an acre.

 Macadamia has two seasons a year that is October to March and from June to August.

Macadamia plantation in Mityana

It takes three years for a Macadamia tree to start giving fruits. It can be intercropped like coffee at early stages which can help you earn money from other crops while waiting for the three years to start harvesting.

Credit: Office Of Agriculture Minister

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