Biotech Updates

Nigeria Releases Two Extra-Early Maturing White Maize Hybrids

August 28, 2013

Nigeria has released two extra-early maturing maize hybrids with combined resistance/tolerance to Striga, drought, and low soil-nitrogen.

The maize hybrids, developed by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), were originally known as IITA Hybrid EEWH-21 and IITA Hybrid EEWH-26, now named Ife Maizehyb-5 and Ife Maizehyb-6. The lines were tested extensively in Nigeria in partnership with the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IAR&T) with suppport from the Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) Project. The potential yield of Ife Maizehyb-5 is 6.0 t/ha and Ife Maizehyb-6 yields 5.5 t/ha. Local varieties yield about 1.5 t/ha.

"The release of the two extra-early hybrids should contribute to a significant reduction in the instability of maize yields in Nigeria as well as in other countries of West and Central Africa," according to Baffour Badu-Apraku, IITA maize breeder and member of the team that developed the hybrids.

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