The National Agricultural Seed Council (NASC), an agency of the Federal Government (FG) has introduced a hybrid maize seed to farmers in Akwa-Ibom state.
It said the seed known as OBA SUPER 13, has the capacity to produce between 5,000 tons and 7, 000 tons of maize per hectare, three times a year.
Mr Mmoeyak Usua, the Regional Director of the Council, South-South Zone, made the disclosure at the 2020 Farmers’ Field Day organised by NASC in collaboration with Premier Seeds, Du Pont and Bayer Seed Companies in Uyo on Wednesday.
According to him, the hybrid seed also has the capacity to resist disease stressing that after subjecting it to international research tests, it was confirmed to have superior quality over the local seeds.
His words:“This particular demonstration was meant to compare the superiority of the hybrid seed with local materials. The hybrid does better than the local materials.
“They are disease and grass resistance, and cobs are very big.
“They are matured and doing well, because when we planted them; in the whole of August 2020, there was no rain but they survived. It can be planted three times a year.
“We want farmers to know that there is an improved seed and the new variety has a high yielding capacity of between 5,000 tons and 7, 000 tons per hectare.”
On her part, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Akwa Ibom, Dr Glory Edet, commended the council and seed companies over the improved seed introduced to the farmers.
Edet, who was represented by the Assistant Director, Agriculture Directorate, Mr Edet Udoaka, appealed to government to continue to support maize farmers to enhance food sufficiency in the country.