The Federal Government on Tuesday disclosed that it has approved registration and release of nine hybrid crops varieties developed by scientists for farmers to boost agricultural production in the country.
The Registrar of National Centre for Genetic Resources and Biotechnology (NACGRAB), Dr Sunday Aladele, said in a statement released on Tuesday to newsmen in Ibadan.
He said the crops release was announced by chairman of National Varieties Release Committee (NVRC), Awoyemi Oladosu, at 24th NVRC meeting held at NACGRAB.
He listed nine successful varieties as two hybrid white yam (UMUDr/020) and (UMUDr/021), two maize hybrids (SAMMAZ 49) and (SAMMAZ 51), and one maize variety (SAMMAZ 52).
While others were two cowpea varieties (FUAMPEA 1 and FUAMPEA 2), one amaranthus or leaf vegetable hybrid (NHAMAR 1) and one okra hybrid (NHOKRA 1).
According to him, the yam varieties were developed by National Root Crops Research Institute, Umudike, and International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Ibadan.
“The maize varieties were developed by Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR), Zaria and IITA while the cowpeas were from Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, IAR, and IITA. The two vegetable varieties, amaranthus and okra were from National Horticultural Research Institute, Ibadan,” he said.
The registrar thanked Minister of Science and Technology for facilitating funding for the meeting, West Africa Agricultural Programme for financial support received so far.
Aladele announced that 166 crop which included 59 maize, 18 sorghum, 14 rice, five pearl millet, 18 cowpea, three groundnut, 24 cassava, 19 yam, three potato and three tomato varieties from Nigeria had been entered into ECOWAS catalogue.
Also, chairman Technical Sub Committee (Crops), Prof. Olusoji Olufajo, said the committee had adopted recommendation of ad-hoc committee set up by NVRC on funding.
He said the committee recommended that anybody submitting publicly bred material should be charged N50,000 and privately bred material should be charged N200,000 application fees for registration per crop variety/hybrid.
According to him, 24th NVRC meeting held at NACGRAB which is a parastatal under Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, was attended by crop scientists, breeders, seed companies and agriculture experts from all over the country.
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