UNILORIN researchers develop a brand new maize breed
UNILORIN researchers develop a brand new maize breed. Researchers within the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ilorin have developed a brand new breed of maize, named ILOMAZ-1.
Prof. Gbolagade Adesiji, a former Ag. Dean of the Faculty introduced the brand new improvement to newsmen in Ilorin on Monday.
Adesiji instructed reporters that the analysis effort that produced the innovation was achieved in collaboration with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan.
The don mentioned the grain has been accepted for launch and cultivation by farmers within the southern Guinea Savannah and rain forest ecologies of the South-Western a part of Nigeria.
Also talking, the speedy previous Dean of the Faculty, Prof. Gbadebo Olaoye, added that the college had, in 2007, constituted a maize crew comprising of soil scientists and economists in collaboration with IITA.
Olaoye mentioned that every one sorts of maize have been handled for his or her yield potential, adaptation, and high quality.
He added that the analysis crew for maize was sub-divided into three zones within the nation and that Unilorin handles the southern Savannah and the rain forest.
According to him, the Unilorin analysis crew examined for varieties in its allotted zone, and anybody tailored “is the one for use’’.
“The yellow grained maize selection was one of many 9 maize varieties that have been termed open-pollinated and hybrids.
“These have been accepted for launch and cultivation by farmers in several agro-ecologies of Nigeria by the National Variety Release Committee (NVRC).
“This was accepted by means of the National Committee of the Naming, Registration, and Release of Crop Varieties, Livestock Breeds, and Fisheries at a gathering lately held,’’ Olaoye mentioned.
The maize is an open-pollinated selection, giving alternative for a poor farmer to reap the maize and plant it for the following season.
He assured farmers that the grains could be available to them through the 2021 rising season.