'NARITA 6' at a glance


Left to right: ‘NARITA 6’, its female parent 222K-1 and its female grandparent ‘Nfuuka’

Ploidy level


Genome group



Synthetic hybrid

Breeding institutes


Breeder's code



‘Nfuuka’ (AAA), Musa acuminata ssp. burmannica (Calcutta 4), ‘Tjau Lagada’ (AA) and ‘Pisang Lilin’ (AA)

ITC code


'NARITA 6' is a high-yielding and disease-resistant hybrid that is related, through its female grandparent, to a group of cooking and beer bananas called East African highland bananas (EAHB). ‘NARITA 6’ is named after NARO and IITA, the institutes that jointly developed the NARITA hybrids1 .

Two crosses were performed to obtain ‘NARITA 6’. The triploid EAHB cultivar ‘Nfuuka’ was crossed with a wild source of disease resistance to produce a tetraploid. This tetraploid was then crossed with an improved diploid to produce the triploid hybrid ‘NARITA 6' (see Breeding strategy below).

Breeding strategy

Breeding scheme for 'NARITA 6'

‘NARITA 6’ is a secondary triploid obtained by crossing a disease-resistant tetraploid (222K-1) with an improved diploid (9128-3)2 .

The tetraploid female parent 222K-1 was obtained by crossing the triploid EAHB cultivar ‘Nfuuka’ and Calcutta 4, a genebank accession of the diploid wild species Musa acuminata ssp. burmannica, which provided a copy of the so-called A genome. Calcutta 4 provided the resistance to black leaf streak.

The diploid male parent 9128-3 (whose code used to be preceded by TMBx, for tropical Musa bananas3 ) had been obtained by crossing two diploid cultivars: ‘Tjau Lagada’ and ‘Pisang Lilin’.


1 IITA press release on the first ever high-yielding matooke hybrids.
2 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.
3 Vuylsteke, D., Ortiz, R. and Ferris, S. 1993. Genetic and agronomic improvement for sustainable production of plantain and banana in sub-saharan Africa. African Crop Science Journal 1(1):1-8.

See also on this website

Musapedia pages on NARITA hybrids:
Musapedia pages on improved materials:

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