Seed Co targets 73% early maturity varieties

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LIVINGSTONE MARUFU

Seed Co, is targeting to produce 73 percent early maturity varieties of the total seed produced in the forthcoming 2018/2019 summer cropping in an effort to guarantee farmers better yields due to the expected erratic rainfall patterns.

The development comes at a time when Zimbabwe and regional meteorological services have forecast normal to below normal rainfall compelling Seed Co to produce more early maturity varieties to save farmers from severe climatic conditions.

Given that weather experts have predicted that the season will run from mid-November to early March, the seed company has moved to produce varieties that are 120 days old and below to ensure farmers have enough harvest.

Seed Co regional managing director Denias Zaranyika told Business Times that the seed company will continue to develop drought resistant varieties of maize to shield the country from severe weather conditions and ensure good yields.

“In the wake of the predicted 2018/2019 drought, we are planning to have 73percent of our total seed production as early maturity varieties in a bid to attain good yields in times of drought.