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How to grow STEVIA in Uganda

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Stevia in UgandaStevia in Uganda

Stevia is herbaceous perennial shrub grown for its leaves.

The Stevia leaf extract is a plant-based zero calorie sugar alternative.

The growing worldwide demand for high potency sweeteners, particularly natural sweeteners has of late attracted people’s attention to grow the herb.

The crop is exotic in Uganda and we have a culture site for the herb in Mbarara.

Common Stevia varieties in Uganda

Some varieties on the market include Criollo and Eirete.

Soil requirements for growing Stevia in Uganda

Like any other crop, Stevia prefers well drained soil rich in organic matter, and sufficient in mineral content like nitrogen to encourage foliar growth.

How to propagate Stevia on your farm

Stevia can be started from seeds or by using stem cuttings.

How to plant Stevia in Africa

Vegetative propagation with cultured tissues or stem cuttings is most preferred as direct seedling usually results in poor germination.

To plant clear up land meant for planting

Make drills of 2-3cm deep in rows

Place in transplants of 8 weeks from the bed

Water to provide consistent moisture for seedling growth

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How best to Harvest Stevia in Uganda

Stevia is harvested when plants are mature and blooms have just begun to form.

To harvest, use hands to pick the fully matured leaves.

The picked leaves can be dried with low heat and good air circulation for 24 to 48 hours, and then thresh to separate the sweet leaves from the bitter stems.

Harvesting can be done 3-4 times per year.

You can go ahead to extract the sweetener in a similar way of brewing tea, the dried Stevia leaves are soaked in water to obtain a sweet extract, which is then filtered and purified.

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About the Market and use of the Stevia plant

Stevia is currently a niche market in Uganda, but it has a potential for expansion in the years to come.

This is mainly attributed to the healthy life styles being adopted by many Ugandas today.

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Quick Tips for planting Stevia plant in Africa

  • Open up land meant for planting to clear it of barriers.

  • Drill up holes a in rows about 1-2 cm deep

  • Place in the transplants from the bed

  • Cover the seedlings with soil and gently firm.

  • Water the plant constantly to ease germination.

  • Have spraying and weeding routines.

  • Harvest the Stevia leaves when mature and the leaves have just started to bloom.

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