Researchers unveil maize varieties resistant to pests, diseases

By Caroline Njenga 

Farmers will soon access drought-tolerant and pest resistant maize varieties that are high-yielding.

Kenya Seed Company says the two hybrid maize varieties set to be commissioned for use in coming months will cushion farmers against losses occasioned by depressed rains.

The impact of climate change on crop yields especially in the country has been immense with harvests reducing in recent years.

This has further been complicated by infestation of pests such as the fall armyworms this year or the Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease in recent years.

Researchers have developed two new maize varieties that drought and pest resilient to cushion farmers against crop failure and losses.

The new maize seed varieties are suitable in harsh climatic conditions and can also be used as animal pasture.

The maize breeds with a maturity cycle of up to 130 days offers farmers the opportunity have multiple seasons in a year.

  

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