Geoffrey Maina Kamande only wanted to grow some food crop for his family. However, his small farm has now become a demonstration site on the new drought-tolerant maize variety to many farmers at Kivue in Embu county.
In a bid to break the wheat-paddy cropping cycle and promote crop diversity in Punjab, the state government is trying to encourage the cultivation of maize, which relatively consumes less water. This might help contain the steady decline in the water table in the state and restore the natural resource base, which is being eroded by this cropping pattern.
China’s Ministry of Agriculture has decided not to renew biosafety certificates that allowed research groups to grow genetically modified (GM) rice and corn. The permits, to grow two varieties of GM rice and one transgenic corn strain, expired on 17 August. The reasoning behind the move is not clear, and it has raised questions about the future of related research in China.
The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said on Thursday it plans to train more than 6, 000 farmers in Kenya to help tackle the re-emergence of the Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease (MLND) which threatens maize yields across the country.
Global seed technology giant Monsanto said on Monday it has launched a global center in Mexico for developing conventional hybrid strains of corn, part of the company's push to boost output of the planet's most widely produced grain.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa left its 2014 maize output forecast unchanged on Tuesday as good weather helped produce a bumper crop that should contain food prices and give a lift to sluggish growth in Africa's most advanced economy.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa raised its 2014 maize output forecast by over 2 percent on Wednesday as good weather helped produce a bumper crop that should contain food prices and give a lift to
Researchers at the University of Delaware and other institutions across the country have been awarded a four-year, $6.5 million National Science Foundation grant to analyze developmental events in maize anthers and tassels, the male reproductive organs that produce pollen.
Bulawayo ‑ Zimbabwe’s 2013/14 season maize yield has increase 46 percent owing to Government Input Support programme and heavy rains received in most parts of the country, the country’s President Robert Mugabe has said.
The Punjab government has approved the proposed installation of five more maize dryer units, to promote maize as an alternative crop for paddy and to check the depletion and contamination of groundwater.The initiative may encourage farmers to bring more area under maize