One more maize seed variety from Monsanto Malawi in 2017: Call it DK777

Mosanto Malawi, one of the leading seed manufacturing companies in Malawi, have disclosed that each season the company will be introducing a hybrid maize seed variety on the market.

Dennis Kachikho from Monsanto in the field … Photo Jeromy Kadewere.

The development comes as effects of climate change continue to hunt crop production hence contributing to food insecurity in the country.

For the past years climate change has proved to be a burden to crop production with agriculture experts advising farmers to plant hybrid varieties over local varieties to overcome the effects on their crop.

Speaking on Wednesday, Monsanto-Malawi Sales and Marketing Officer for the South Denis Kachikho said it remains the company’s commitment to be introducing new maize varieties to increase farmer’s crop yields.

“This year Monsanto will be adding more seed variety on the market. It will be called DK777 and will be launched in few weeks to come.

Denis Kachikho said,” farmers welfare is the company’s priority as such Monsato believes in introducing varieties that are drought resistance.

Kachikho added that all maize varieties that were introduced recently have shown to be effective in adapting to both rain fed and irrigation farming practices.

“Our recently introduced variety has proved to be effective both in rain fed and irrigation farming hence advising farmers to be much focused with the variety as well as other maize varieties the company produce.”

However the marketer challenged Malawian farmers to desist from buying hybrid seeds without making an informed decision.

He noted that counterfeit hybrid maize varieties have for a long time invaded the market resulting to the farmer’s failure to produce enough returns in their gardens.

“It is because of this that this year Monsanto is changing its packaging also with a view to fight fake seeds that comes in the name of Monsanto through packaging.

Kachikho recommended that farmers should buy maize seeds from registered agro-dealers certified by the government of Malawi to overcome such challenges.

Blantyre Agricultural Development Division (ADD) Deputy Programme Manager Erick Haraman commended Monsanto for its support in contributing to Malawi’s food security due to maize varieties the company produces and sells.

Haraman stated that due to the rain pattern the ADD receives, Monsanto maize varieties have proved to be effective both its germination and survival rate hence increases production.

“Looking at persistent weather conditions, farmers need to be sensitized on the importance of planting hybrid seeds like those of Monsanto so that they have enough food at both household and national .at large.”

He challenged fellow farmers to learn and practice new agriculture technology methods in germinating hybrid varieties during both rain fed as well as irrigation farming to overcome the escalation of hunger.

Some of the maize varieties Mosanto-Malawi produces and distributes include  Dkc 8033 mapasa ,Dkc 9089 fumba, Dkc 8053 Nkangala and Dkc 9053 Nsangalabwi,  among many others.

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