GOVT APPROVES NEW HYBRID MAIZE VARIETIES TD HELP IMPORVE GHANA’S FOOD SECURITY

ACCRA, The National Varietal Release and Registration Committee (NVRRC) of Ghana’s Food and Agriculture Ministry has approved seven new hybrid maize varieties for cultivation and consumption to help improve food security in the country.

The varieties were released by scientists at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research-Savannah Agricultural Research Institute (CSIR-SARI) following several years’ extensive research and on-farm trials funded by the Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and the International Fertilizer Development Centre of the Agricultural Technology Transfer Project(IFDC-ATTP).

Three varieties — MS1, M463 and M466 — are medium maturing hybrids (physiologically maturing in 110 days) with potential to achieve yields of 9.0, 8.5 and 8.4 tonnes per hectare respectively, while another two varities — EEWH-13, and EEWH-17 — are extra early maturing hybrids (maturing in 85 days) — and the EYH-29, and EWH-29 varieties are early maturing hybrids (maturing in 90 days) with potential to achieve yields ranging from 5.5 to 6.5 tonnes per hectare.

These extra early and early maturing maize varieties are drought and striga (weed) tolerant with the EYH-29 variety being golden yellow grain colour suitable for poultry and livestock nutrition while the rest are suitable for poultry, human consumption and industry.

CSIR-SARI released these new varieties as part of efforts to ensure food security in the country as well as help to improve incomes of all stakeholders in the maize value chain.

Members of the NVRRC, at a meeting with CSIR-SARI scientists at Nyankpala in Northern Region (Province), approved the release of the varieties after assessing their on-station and on-farm trial results.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK