Written by Enock Balakasi and Lumbani Nyasulu
Monsanto Malawi, which is rebranding to Bayer Crop Science, has launched a new high yielding maize seed variety known as Dekalb (DK) Triple 7 (777), raising hopes for improved food security in the country.
The launch was held in the capital Lilongwe, on Wednesday evening.
According to the company’s agronomist Alick Mabulabo, DK Triple 777 has a potential yield of 200 bags weighing 50 kilograms each per 2.5 acres of farmland.
The maize variety matures between 125 to 135 days adding that DK Triple 777 gives Malawi an opportunity to address hunger and food insecurity.
It has proven to be truly drought, pest and disease resistant in Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia, making it suitable for Malawi as well where there are also fall army worms and unreliable weather due to climate change.
He further said the new seed adds value on the legacy of many other Monsanto maize seed varieties that are also doing well on the farms.
Mweene, particularly, emphasized that Monsanto wants the best out of Malawian subsistence farmers.
“This product DK 777 gives you more yield with less ,has minimum maturity and has more seed per kilogram,”said Mweene.
In his speech,Country Manager for Bare Crop Science Mosanto Malawi limited,Gift Kawamba said DK 777 is a consistent seed and has yield potential of 81 50kgs bags per acre .
“We did a research on market before we bring a new product so we come up with this product DK 777 to give answers to farmers in this time were they are facing challenges such as climate change, crop diseases and as well as seed consistence and DK 777 is the answer for those challenges,” said Kawamba
Monsanto, one of the World’s premier seed manufacturers based in the United States of America, has been bought by Bayer Crop Science, a giant German company also dealing in pharmaceutical products and animal science.
According to Mweene and Kawamba, the process of rebranding in Malawi is in its final stages.