Nigeria: Govt Releases 23 New Excessive-Yield Crop Varieties to Farmers

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In its efforts at attaining meals sufficiency in Nigeria, the Federal Authorities has launched 23 high-yield crop varieties to farmers.

The Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) stories that the crop varieties have been launched on Thursday on the Nationwide Centre for Genetic Sources and Biotechnology (NACGRAB), Ibadan.

NAN additionally stories that the crop varieties have been launched in the course of the thirty third assembly of Nationwide Committee on Naming, Registration and Launch of Crop Varieties, Livestock Breeds/Fisheries.

The Chairman, Nationwide Selection Launch Committee (NVRC), Prof. Soji Olufajo, who presided over the assembly, introduced the registration and launch of the 23 new types of seven crops advisable to the committee by its technical sub-committee.

Olufajo mentioned that the crops acquired from analysis institutes, universities and personal firms included: maize, pepper, rice, yam, sorghum hybrid, castor and oat.

NAN stories that the technical sub-committee on naming, registration and launch of crops varieties, chaired by Prof. Shehu Ado, had, throughout its thirty seventh assembly, held on Tuesday, on the identical venue, deliberated on 24 varieties acquired.

The sub-committee, after deliberation and consideration of the 24 submissions, advisable 23 varieties for launch.

NAN additionally stories that the sub-committee put its suggestions earlier than the NVRC for ultimate approval in the course of the Thursday assembly.

The NVRC chairman, after thorough scrutiny of the suggestions by the committee members, introduced the registration and launch of the 23 new varieties.

He listed the 12 maize varieties registered and launched to incorporate: SAMMAZ 72T; SAMMAZ 73T; SAMMAZ 74T; SAMMAZ 75T; SAMMAZ 71T; Champion Gold 68; SC 417; SC 665; Kabamanoj (yellow); Golden MH 1-W (white); Golden MH 2-Y (yellow) and SAMMAZ 70.

Olufajo additionally declared two types of pepper, specifically: PS PEP 1 and PS PEP 2; three rice varieties – Ex Badaru, Biofeedback Fiyah 549 and Bioseed Fiyah 800 and one yam selection – UMUDr36 sharpsharp, registered and launched.

He additional introduced that one sorghum hybrid (Gold SH1); one castor selection (SAMCAS 1) and three oat varieties, specifically: SAMOAT 3; SAMOAT 4 and SAMOAT 5) have been all accredited and launched.

Justifying the registration and launch of the 23 new types of the seven crops, the NVRC chairman mentioned that the 12 maize varieties had excessive grain yield, resistance to fall armyworm, resistance to aflatoxin B, early maturity, amongst different traits.