Four varieties of hybrid maize have been introduced to farmers in the Northern Region to boost maize production in the region.
The drought-resistant maize varieties, introduced by the Savanna Agriculture Research Institute(SARI) under the auspices of the Center for Scientific Research Institute(CSRI), is expected to help improve the income of rural farmers and food security.
The varieties are Kpariba-Faako, CRIS-CRI Tintim, Kunjor-Wari, and Opeaburo, and according to SARI, they affirm its vision of making agricultural research responsive to farmer needs and national development.
Director of the Savanna Agriculture Research Institute, Dr Steven Nutsugah, said the project is in line with the policy objectives and strategies of the National Seed Plan(MOFA, 2015), which is expected to create an environment conducive for comprehensive and balanced development of the seed industry.
He expressed gratitude to AGRA for supporting the institute in maize production since 2008, as well as the promotion of the various hybrid varieties that they have produced so far, especially the latest ones.
The Project Manager, Ms Gloria Boakyewaa Adu expressed optimism the new maize varieties would offer farmers value for money.
Ms Boakywaa Adu said, “we will be working with selected inputs dealers across the rural areas to ensure the availability of the foundation [hybrid maize] seed”.
By Zubaida Ismail|3news.com|Ghana