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Striga resistant maize seed set for sale this year

February 13, 2014

ANITA CHEPKOECH -1



The scientist behind the development of a maize strain resistant to colonising weed striga hopes to release the seeds to farmers this year.

Maseno University researcher Mathews Dida said that the maize variety had been approved by the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service ( Kephis) the seed market regulator.

"I will either start up a seed unit or partner with organisations like Kenya Seed Company so that the first bunch of seeds are supplied to farmers before the end of the year," said Prof Dida, a botany lecturer at the institution.

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The grain is expected to yield between eight and 11 tonnes per hectare, especially in Lake Victoria region and most parts of western Kenya where it is best suited for cultivation.

"Although it can adjust to most altitudes, its productivity is high around Lake Victoria and most parts of western Kenya," said Prof Dida.


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Source: Business Daily (Kenya)


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