Deployment of IR-maize technology for reduction of Striga infestation

Published on 9 April 2010

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Start Date: 1 January 2008 | End Date: 31 December 2010


The Project will participate in the empowerment of key stakeholders to handle and deploy a recently developed Striga control method, IR (imidazolinone resistance)-maize herbicide seed coating technology.

TheĀ  project intends to bring the IR-maize technology to the point where a greater number of IR-maize varieties (OPVs and hybrids) have been released and a wider range of seed companies are engaged in IR-maize seed production, essentially for the technology to successfully be devolved to in-country capacities of selected target countries, in particular Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda (IR-maize pilot countries).

Objective 1: Support interested NARS and seed company breeders to evaluate and register adapted IR-maize varieties and hybrids in SSA countries where Striga is endemic, leading to their commercialization

Objective 2: Develop, package and disseminate information on Striga management using IR-maize technology for use by seed producers, farmers and farmers support groups (stockists, NGOs, extension, community based organizations)

Objective 3: backstop NARS and seed companies on handling, quality control and general management of IR-maize technology.

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5 Responses to “Deployment of IR-maize technology for reduction of Striga infestation”

  1. Lisa says:

    I am an editor with Agricultural Review Magazine. I am working on a supplement story on striga control and I would like to request for your input. please send me any information you may have on ways of controlling striga infestation. I look forward to hearing from you shortly. Thank you.

  2. Alice says:

    What has been the successes of IR maize compared to other control measures

  3. Abel Isabirye-Diloma Agro-forestry. Ug says:

    Are there seeds in striga flowers? if its true that striga has seeds, what is the size?

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