The Crops Research Institute (CRI) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and its international partners have developed a Stress Tolerant Maize variety for farmers in in parts of Africa where climate change threatens food security.
The Stress Tolerant maize variety was introduced to smallholder maize farmers at Ejura in the Ejura- Sekyere Dumase Municipality of the Ashanti region during a ‘Farmer Food Day’ event organized by the Crops Research Institute.
The Principal Investigator of the Stress Tolerant Maize for Africa (STMA) Project, Dr. Stephen Yeboah indicated that the CSIR-CRI and the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) are jointly executing the Stress Tolerant Maize variety research project with funding from the Stress Tolerant Maize for Africa Project (STMA).
Dr. Yeboah,a research scientist with CSIR-CRI pointed out that the variety if well adopted will address the state of low crop yield associated with climate stress such as drought stress, low soil fertility, striga or pest infestation, low inputs use and inappropriate seeds in the subregion. Read more …