Tanzania Develops 22 New Hybrid Cereal Varieties
Tanzania has developed 22 new hybrid cereal seed varieties that promise higher productivity. The newly developed seed varieties of maize, sorghum, bean, cow pea, Irish potato, rice, and barley are high yielding and drought and disease resistant. They are also early maturing, qualities that are highly favored by farmers given the unpredictable changes in weather conditions.
The seed varieties have been developed through public research centers and private companies in Tanzania. Mass production of the approved seed varieties is scheduled to begin soon so that the Agricultural Seeds Agency (ASA) can deliver them to farmers ahead of the planting season.
The news release is available at: http://www.ippmedia.com/frontend/index.php?l=51354.
This article is part of the Crop Biotech Update, a weekly summary of world developments in agri-biotech for developing countries, produced by the Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology, International Service for the Aquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications SEAsiaCenter (ISAAA)