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March 3rd, 2017 / Leadership, Nigeria

The Executive Director of the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), Dr Denis Kyetere has said the nitrogen-use efficient, water-use efficient and salt tolerant rice (NEWEST) will lead to food sufficiency in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Speaking at the annual review and planning meeting held at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, he said the NEWEST rice soon to be developed and disseminated by the foundation and its partners would reduce the risk of drastic food shortage in Africa.

Kyetere said the goal of the project was to develop, disseminate farmer preferred, locally adapted rice varieties with enhanced nitrogen, water use efficiency and salt tolerance. He contended it would lead to food sufficiency which would redirect limited foreign exchange used to import rice. See more