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Growing Seed Maize for CIMMYT

posted May 7, 2012, 9:04 PM by Bob Whitney   [ updated Jun 9, 2012, 9:10 PM ]
    Here at Ukulima Farm Research Center (UFRC) we grow maize (corn) for seed purposes not for grain.  Male pollinator rows are grown in the midst of female seed rows so that cross pollination occurs and we get the variety we want.  These varieties are then harvested, cleaned and bagged for shipment throughout Africa.  They are sent to seed growers who also cross with local varieties to get a seed maize that farmers can plant in their area.  These varieties are highly adapted and good producers and hopefully are making a difference in African maize production.  
    UFRC provides the resources and cooperates with CIMMYT (International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center) to produce these new and innovative maize varieties for Africa.  We have great soils, excellent irrigation and equipment to make sure the maize is planted and grown well and that seed maize is produced so it can be sent out.  We also have great equipment for processing and storing the maize until it can be shipped out.