In order to help Nigerian farmers raise their yield by 43% and improve food security, the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) and the Institute of Agricultural Research (IAR), Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Kaduna State, are introducing the TELA maize hybrid.
Almost 60 different crop varieties are being introduced, according to Professor Rabiu Adamu, head of the research team, to advance food security in the nation.
Farmers must spray their crops three times per season to ensure they can receive higher yields from the hybrid technology, which is projected to enhance yields.
The TELA variety of maize is genetically modified to resist worm infestations and to withstand drought, assisting farmers who may have lost their crops.
It has undergone a safety evaluation and is currently offered in places like South Africa, where it produces 5.6 tons of grain per hectare.
The National Biotechnology Development Agency’s Director, Dr. Rose Maxwell Gidado, adds that the seeds are hardy and that farmers clamor for them because of their past success.