Seed Co develops fast growing maize seeds

SEED Co Tanzania has produced a fast-growing maize seed that take 60 days to harvest.

The modified maize seed variety – Sugura 303 was formed to cope with the unpredictable rain season due to climate change.

Seed Co Agronomist, Mr Tresphory Mdede, said on Wednesday that farmers choosing right varieties of seeds based on the nature of the specific area would determine the right profit.

“Rains are scarce, farmers (using Sugura 303] can harvest and make profit… and if you prefer irrigation, still you can use little water and get good results,” he said at the 47th edition of Sabasaba fair.

The agronomist who doubles as Seed Co Coastal Zone Extension Officer said: “Climate change is affecting farmers. This is the reason why we have come up with hybrids that can tolerate diseases and climate change.”

Seed Co also developed a Mkombozi tomato hybrid, which can survive in all-weather and most profitable to farmers since it can stay longer in the market after being harvested.

On the other hand, Mr Abas Mwambungu, a Field Assistant of Arusha-based seed company, SYVA, said apart from climate change; bacteria wilt-related diseases is another setback that has pushed them to release varieties that can survive amid the challenge.

Various companies from 16 countries have their presence at the ongoing 47th edition of DITF to showcase their products and services.

According to Investment, Trade and Industry deputy minister Exaud Kigahe, over 260 companies are taking part at the 47th edition of DITF of which over 100 firms are from China.

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