Monsanto encourages Malawi farmers to plant hybrid maize seeds

Mosanto Malawi has encouraged farmers in the country to plant hybrid maize seeds as they are resilient to unfavorable weather conditions and would enable them yield more for both domestic and commercial purposes.

Monsanto maize survives climate change...Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Monsanto maize survives climate change…Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Kachikho and Mudzaona in a maize field...Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Kachikho and Mudzaona in a maize field…Photo Jeromy Kadewere

The company’s Sales and Marketing officer for the south, Denis Kachikho made the call during a field day visit  Chiradzulu, Zomba and Ntcheu  for journalists to appreciate Monsanto new variety DKC 81 81 this week.

Kachikho said Monsanto seeds easily adapt to different environments.

Many parts in the country were not spared by disasters that affected crop production.

However, those who planted hybrid maize seed are expected   to harvest yields basing on the tour which started at Mpama Village in Chiradzulu to Galeta Village in Ntcheu.

“This is why we are strongly encouraging farmers to start planting hybrid varieties that have high germination rate and survive in any weather condition so that they produce enough for consumption and for commercial gains,” he said.

Kachikho also said Monsanto produced a new variety on the market called DKC 81 81 that can adapt to climate change and good for irrigation type of farming.

“Our appeal to Malawians is to plant DKC 81 81 because it has been approved by ministry of agriculture and the research department that it is really going to adapt to climate change,” said Kachikho.

Kachikho also reminded Malawians to have a better choice of  hybrid seeds, as other companies resurface only when it is selling seeds time but desapear after selling their seeds to farmers.

“That is why as Monsanto we organize such trips for journalist  to appreciate our maize after it has germinated and during harvest time. Other companies will only resurface during selling the seeds time off they go,” he said.

Mizeki Mudzama, a farmer from Galeta Village, T/A Njolomole praised Monsanto for their seeds and proudly said he is expected to harvest over 70 bags this year.

“Their seeds are suitable to any weather and that is why l chose Monsanto,” he said.

Another farmer Rajabu Tawakali, from Moffat  Village T/A Mpama in Chiradzulu encouraged fellow farmers to try Monsanto seeds stating with irrigation it is enough to harvest many bags of maize.

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