Biotech Updates

CIMMYT, Zimbabwe Partner to Improve Drought Tolerant Seed Varieties

October 24, 2012

The government of Zimbabwe and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop seed varieties in the country that can withstand drought conditions to improve the country's crop produce.

Agriculture Mechanization and Irrigation Development Minister Joseph Made said that the agreement is critical for agricultural development in the country as climate change and global warming are pointing to a more straining situation for farmers because the bulk of them will continue to depend on dry land agriculture.

The MoU will be renewed after every five years to show reinvigorated commitment for both parties to advance seed varieties in the region.

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