Biotech Updates

Trials on Drought Tolerant Maize to Start in November

October 15, 2010

Crop scientists from the National Crops Resources Research Institute (NACRRI) in Uganda and collaborators will start planting drought tolerant maize in November for testing. NACRRI researchers have been preparing the site in Mubuku Irrigation Scheme in Kasese District for the planting season. The trials have been approved by the National Biosafety Committee under the Ministry of Agriculture.

"Once the seeds arrive in the country (Uganda), they will be immediately planted on the prepared 2.5 hectare land and the remaining seeds will be kept for 14 days, a legal requirement for these improved seeds," said site manager Joseph Stephen Ochen.

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