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Africa needs more seed companies to push out improved maize varieties

Posted by Business in Ghana on October 18, 2010

From Godwin Atser, www.CGIAR.org

African governments have been urged to encourage the emergence of more seed companies that will multiply, market, and disseminate improved maize varieties to farmers to boost food production.

So far, in the West African region, only Nigeria has a relatively vibrant seed industry with about 12 emerging private sector-driven seed companies. Ghana and Mali have three each, while the Republic of Benin has none.

Researchers say this development needs to change for Africa to taste the much awaited Green Revolution. Read the rest of this entry »

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