The Monsanto Malawi has given local maize growers another choice of maize seed variety which offers medium maturity.
The new variety DK 777-Ngale is characterized with a strong stem and tolerance to diseases, Monsanto Marketing Lead for Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe, Choolwe Mweene said.
Mweene said DK 777-Ngale can produce high yields of up to 80-85 bags weighing 50 kilogrammes per hectare.
“We have observed that our new variety is performing well in all demonstration fields across the country,” he said.
The new variety has created excitement among farmers. Patricia Chiotcha from Nsasete Village said she is expecting a bumper harvest at the end of the season.
“There is a significant difference in the performance of this seed variety as compared to other brands. I am expecting to get more than nine 50 kilogramme bags. I have observed that DeKalb seeds are resilient to dry spells,” she said.