Maize is a major cereal grown and staple food in Uganda. It can be planted in most parts of Uganda, except in the most arid areas. Some varieties do not do well in the highlands. Maize stalks can be given to animals as fodder.

Maize grows well under the following conditions:

  • Altitude: Maize can grow in almost any altitude with a range f
  • Temperature: Warm temperatures between 15 - 30°C.
  • Rainfall: 400-1200mm. The rainfall should be evenly distributed during the growing period. For higher yields, the crop should receive enough rain during the first 5 weeks after sowing and at flowering time.
  • Soil: Well-drained light loan or alluvial soil with a pH of 5.5.-7.0. It does not tolerate waterlogged soils.