The Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IAR&T) in Moore plantation, Ibadan, recently introduced two groundbreaking maize varieties.
These varieties, named ARTMAZ 01 and ARTMAZ 2, were unveiled during a press conference held on Tuesday at the institute premises.
Prof. Veronica Obatolu, the Executive Director of the institute, emphasized the significance of these new maize varieties in addressing the issue of food insecurity in the country.
She explained that with access to these varieties, farmers will be able to increase food production, ultimately contributing to solving the challenges faced by the agricultural sector.
Prof. Obatolu encouraged the public to make the most of this breakthrough in maize varieties and utilize them for their benefit.
She said, “I am highly delighted to welcome you to a briefing on the recently released varieties of maize in the institute.
“It will help to tackle the problem of food insecurity. With this, the problem of food insecurity will be solved. Because, when farmers have access to the varieties, there will be an increase in food production.
“The institute’s activities are demand-driven and targeted at solving specific production/utilisation constraints and challenges for sustainable growth and economic development.”