Maize is a political crop that has essentially enslaved Malawi as a nation. Despite being the staple diet of millions of ordinary Malawians, maize is not only one of the least nutritious foodstuffs in Malawi, but our blinkered monoculture production of it is both outdated and increasingly expensive.
Ugandan scientists who have been conducting research on drought-resistant maize varieties for the last three years, seem to be faced with the challenge of the stem borer, which is destroying farmers’ fields.
The Huehuetenango region, in the Cuchumatanes highlands of Western Guatemala, is an important centre of diversification for maize. While farmers here have inherited a wealth of local varieties from previous generations and traditionally maintain them on farm, changing environmental and social conditions are beginning to have a negative impact on local genetic diversity and food security. Over the past ten years, climate variations and natural disasters have affected maize-based production systems considerably, and smallholder farmers are suffering as a result.
Researchers, policy makers and other stakeholders working under the Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) project from Mali, Benin, Ghana, and Nigeria have converged on the campus of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan to develop work plans towards rapid dissemination and adoption of drought-tolerant maize.
NAIROBI(Xinhua) -- Researchers have identified maize parental lines and hybrids with high levels of drought tolerance that could save farmers in Africa.
The early and the extra-early maturing maize genotypes developed and conserved by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) will help in production of maize, one of the key staples in the continent.
Dar es Salaam — Thousands of farmers in western Kenya are successfully battling the invasion of a deadly parasitic weed called Striga, dubbed the 'violet vampire' because of its beautiful violet flowers.
THE Zimbabwe Commercial Farmers Union (ZCFU) has revised downwards 2012's maize output to 800 000 metric tonnes from an initial projection of 1,2 million metric tonnes, owing to a dry spell and poor preparation for the season.
China's major corn producing areas are suffering from colder-than-usual spring weather and waterlogging due to excessive snow and rain in winter, delaying sowing and increasing the costs of production, the Ministry of Agriculture...
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A historical analysis of corn research shows that new hybrids are taking up more nitrogen than older plant varieties after the crucial flowering stage, a clue as to how plant scientists will need to adapt plants to increase yields.
“Last season some portions of my maize crop grew to knee high, the leaves turned yellow and those that grew produced very little grain,” says Wambui. Indeed farmers in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania last year recorded losses of about 50-100percent on their total maize yields following the outbreak of a new maize disease known as Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease –MLND.
A team of Virginia Tech researchers have adapted existing technologies to make a new product, transforming cellulose into amylose. One target market for the amylose would be functional foods, said lead researcher Y.H.
(Phys.org) —A historical analysis of corn research shows that new hybrids are taking up more nitrogen than older plant varieties after the crucial flowering stage, a clue as to how plant scientists will need to adapt plants to increase yields.
Maize Lethal Necrosis disease has affected farms in parts of the Rift Valley. Some farmers in parts of Nandi county have reported that maizeon their farms are turning yellow and drying up two months after they were planted.
Corn production in Mexico, the second-biggest buyer of the grain from the U.S., may climb 2.6 percent from the previous year as planting expanded, the United Nations’ Food & Agriculture Organization said.