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SeedCo Unveils 3 New Maize Varieties

SeedCo Unveils 3 New Maize Varieties

Seed Co Zimbabwe has launched three new maize seed varieties that are disease and drought tolerant as well as early maturing to mitigate the effects of climate change.

The varieties were launched on Monday at the national annual field day at Seed Co’s Rattray Arnold Research Station in Goromonzi. The new maize seed varieties are:

  • SC303, which is an ultra-early maize variety tolerant to heat and drought and yields up to 11.4 tonnes per hectare. It is ideal for marginal production zones with low rainfall or short rainy seasons.
  • SC547 is an early maturity, a disease-tolerant variety that can yield up to 12 tonnes per hectare.
  • SC437 is a very early variety with good and heat-tolerant traits.

Speaking at the launch of the maize seed varieties, Seed Co managing director, Terrance Chimanya, said:

With the farmer in mind, our scientists have come up with mitigation measures against the devastating effects of climate change producing locally adaptable genetics that align with every cropping programme and environment.

Our maize basket has a wide range of varieties for every agro-ecological region in Zimbabwe and for every cropping programme (grain silage or green mealies. We want to reduce the effects of climate change.

We have come up with short-season varieties with high yields, production of drought-tolerant varieties that withstand long periods of moisture stress and production of varieties that are tolerant to diseases such as grey leaf spot and maize streak virus.

More: The Herald

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8 Comments

Richard Dlamini 3 months ago

It sounds good this is impressive to discover something new that will vary the climate change and make it work for farmers.where to get this seed,is yet available in South Africa....


honsi 3 months ago

there is nothing like drought tolerant varieties. Do not deceive farmers. We are sick and tired of hearings these true lies. You only care about milking farmers hard earned cash when drought comes they lose and yet you would have made huge profits at the expense of poor farmers.


Jinx 3 months ago

With global warming and climate change, irrigation is the only way to go. Zvimbeu izvi hazvina basa izvi. Irrigation, irrigation, irrigation..chete. Mukore uno still waiting for the rains, nxa


Tkt 3 months ago

@Zithukuthuku.....

kutsho ukuthi these one mature earlier than the ones that you know HOWEVER my worry on this issue is why unveil a new variety at the DEAD-END of the season


McKenzie 3 months ago

THE MOST EXPENSIVE SEED COMPANY IN ZIMBABWE HAS DONE IT AGAIN

THERE IS NOTHING NEW HERE. BY EARLY STAGE, YOU MEAN 2 MONTHS?.

THAT'S FOKORO

SEEDCO 5KG IS 30USD ACCORDING TO HOW IAM SEEING IN THIS SHOPS AND SUPERMARKETS YOU ARE ADVERTISING EVERY SUNDAY AT ZBC RADIO ZIMBABWE AND HOW MUCH DO YOU THINK WILL TAKE ME FOR 1 HECTARE?. YOU. BUY OUR MAIZE BY RTGS AND PAINT WITH FOOD COLOURINGS THEN YOU LIE THAT THIS IS SC57689 FOR THE CASE YEKUDONHEDZA DHORA CHETE.

MUNODHURISISA MBEU DZENYU IMI VE SEEDCO HAAAAA NXAAA

GO TO HELL


Zithukuthuku 3 months ago

Please can you be precise by stating the early maturity period in months/ days.


Vybz Kartel 3 months ago

Ko musombodhiya wacho uripi


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