Hybrid maize resists lethal necrosis

A maize cob infected with Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease. PHOTO | FILE

What you need to know:

  • Varieties resistant to maize lethal necrosis disease will cushion farmers against massive losses attributed to the disease.
  • Several seed companies are implementing voluntary maize chlorotic mottle virus control programmes and standard operational procedures to minimise the risk of seed transmission.

  • With the adoption of resistant varieties, it is hoped that the disease will soon be eliminated.

A centralised maize lethal necrosis disease screening facility established in Naivasha five years ago has released 15 disease-resistant hybrid maize varieties in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

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