Nigeria: Seed company unveils hybrid seed varieties to growers

As part of an effort to strengthen and further diversify the vegetable sector, a firm,  East-West Seed, Nigeria has unveiled new hybrid seed varieties to increase farmers’ yield. The hybrid varieties include tomato, pepper, pumpkin, watermelon, and pawpaw. 

Speaking at the product launch, Exhibition and Seed Fair in Abuja, the Business Development Manager for East West Seed Nigeria, Hadiza Yaro, explained that the launch was targeted at improving farmers’ access to quality seeds and by strengthening marketing and distribution channels to consumer markets. 

She said the firm has a mission to improve the income of farmers through high-quality vegetable seeds. Yaro said the company’s breeders are always researching to see what are the trends in the market, the complaints from farmers, what can they do to improve the existing varieties so that farmers can make more yields to get a good income.

“This event is to showcase the invisible work of our breeders because you discover breeders working for maybe 30 years and yet they don’t have one single variety launched into the market. Today is hard work for about 15 years because it is not easy to come up with one hybrid,” she said. 

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