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Grain value chain/Nigeria - IART releases new hybrid maize seeds

14 September 2015

Two new hybrid maize seed that will help improve productivity and farmer’s income, have been released in Nigeria. The new maize hybrids Ife Maizehyb-07 and Ife Maizehyb-08 were released by the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IART), Obafemi Awolowo University in Ibadan. The release of these varieties has been made possible through Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)'s grant to the University (IART). The new hybrids, which have potential yields of 7.0/ha and 8.5t/ha respectively, have qualities that include early maturity. The hybrids also have advantage during erratic rainfall seasons in the second planting and high starch content, which are good for livestock feed mill. The Ife Maize hyb-07, which was formerly called SW5-OB x IART-INBRED1 is a top cross hybrid of ART/98/SW5-OB x IART Inbred 1 pedigree. It has forest and derived savanna agro-ecologies adaptation with 98 days maturity period, and 7.0t/ha potential yield character. Moreover, Ife Maize hyb-07 is also tolerant to maize streak virus, rust, leaf blight, and curvularia leaf spot with an outstanding dent floury grain character containing starch, ash, fat, and protein. Similarly, the Ife Maize-hyb 08, formerly called Ile 1 -OB x IAR-INBRED 1, has a potential yield of 8.50/ha and 110 days to maturity. The grant supported by AGRA seeks to increase the production and productivity of smallholder farmers in the humid forest ecologies of Nigeria by developing and promoting ten top cross hybrid maize seeds adaptable to the region. It took over five years of intensive research work to develop, register and release the varieties. After the milestone achievement, IART in collaboration with AGRA will further engage in demonstration and awareness creation activities to prepare for a major commercialization of these new varieties which are expected to transform the farming lives of millions of rice farmers, not only in Nigeria, but across West Africa and beyond. Hybrid maize seeds have been chosen to be a major factor in Nigeria’s effort to rapidly become self-sufficient in maize production.




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