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New Maize Varieties Increase ProductionNew Maize Varieties Increase Production

February 16, 2010

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New Maize Varieties Increase Production

IBADAN, NigeriaThe Nigeria National Variety Release Committee released improved varieties of maize that address many major constraints to maize production in West and Central Africa including drought, low soil fertility, pests, diseases, and parasitic weeds.

The varieties were developed by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in partnership with the Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR) of the Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria and Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IAR&T) of Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile Ife, Nigeria.

The released maize include 13 open-pollinated varieties of extra-early-, early-, intermediate-, and late-maturity with resistance to the parasitic weed Striga hermonthica and stem borers, tolerance to drought, and with good adaptation to sub-optimal soil nitrogen. Four hybrids with drought-tolerance have also been released. The committee also approved two Striga-resistant and two white and two yellow productive hybrids developed at IITA in partnership with Premier Seeds Nigeria Limited. The company will produce and market the hybrids commercially.

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