The Institute for Agricultural Research, IAR, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, has secured approval to release three new high-yielding nutrient maize varieties for planting in Nigeria.

Kenya’s maize harvest is expected fall by a drastic 25 per cent this year, Agriculture CS Willy Bett said yesterday.

The county is headed for a major food crisis if the dry spell, which has ravaged many parts of the North Rift persists.

The ongoing drought in the Horn and southern African countries and armyworms invasion, pose a major food security threat to the continent, official said.

Change in cropping practices is required to address the food security issues in Africa. Yet, testing of the performance of such changes, in particular at large scales, often needs significant investments.

The United States hopes that more varieties of its genetically modified corn will be approved for import by Beijing, the U.S. ambassador to China said on Wednesday.

Army worms have destroyed about 1,380 hectares of maize farms in the Sunyani Municipality

Army worms have destroyed about 1,380 hectares of maize farms in the Sunyani Municipality.

Africa’s corn harvest this year is a tale of two extremes as worries about overflowing silos and rotting crops in the south contrast with the east where supermarkets are running short of the staple

More than 1,350 hectares of maize farms in the Central Region have been destroyed by army worms.

South Africa, the continent’s biggest corn grower, will probably increase its forecast for a bumper crop of the staple grain for a third time this year as yields continue to beat expectations.

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