New hybrid rice seed brings hope to many farmers

22.07.2016

Acting Mvomero District Agriculture Officer, Lucy Mazengo, made the call on Wednesday when addressing farmer groups from villages in Dakawa Ward in Mvomero district. More than 60 farmers from different groups in Dakawa Ward participated in a research of hybrid rice being conducted by another farmer, Veronica Urio, who has established pieces of land for conducting the study.

Mazengo noted that despite problems of lack of high quality seeds, including rice seeds, farmers in the district must seek quality and registered seeds to avoid incurring losses.

“This is a good thing we are seeing here today. She is a farmer like us and she’s brought to us a new technology of hybrid rice seeds still under research. The hybrid rice seed has not received the green light from the government and I cannot give any answers here.

We must wait and see and when it is registered you are free to use it in your farms,” she explained.

African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) Public Relations Officer based in Kenya, Wandera Ojanji, said the hybrid rice seed from research conducted in Kenya can produce about 7 tons in one hectare of land. Ojanji said research on the hybrid rice seed was conducted in sub-Saharan Africa countries and showed good results in increased production.

He said Kenya and Tanzania will be the first countries to benefit from the hybrid rice seeds next year following the results of the research conducted in Malindi and Kisumu in Kenya and Dakawa and Mngeta in Tanzania under Afritec Ltd seed company.

“The hybrid rice seeds are still under trial to find out production capabilities and resilience to diseases. In the research Veronica Urio said the hybrid rice seed under trial has shown good results in Kenya where similar trials took place, noting that once registered it will be what rice farmers have been waiting for.


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