Hybrid maize and legume seed producer, Seed Co Malawi Limited, has launched its winter seed distribution campaign as a way of enhancing irrigation farming in the country.
The launch took place at Byanzi Prison in Dowa.
Seed Co Sales and Marketing Manager Hannock Madeira said the launch is in line with the government’s efforts to revamp the green belt irrigation project.
Madeira said the varieties that have been distributed for winter cropping are SC 403 popularly known as Kanyani and SC 537 popularly known as Mbidzi.
“These varieties are drought resistant, maize streak virus (MSV) tolerance and early maturing such as SC 403 (90 days) and SC 537 (110 days) with semi-flint and flint grain type respectively and the yield potential of six to eight metric tons per hectare,” he said.
Madeira further said Malawi being an agro based economy; there is a need to take irrigation farming seriously.
“World over we are experiencing climate change effects. This has resulted in low yields for our products. However, as a country we can do even better through irrigation. The potential is there to turn around our economy if farmers can produce twice or thrice per year.
“Apart from that, as a company our aim is to improve the livelihood of the farmer,” said Madeira.
He said, as a company, they have produced enough seed to meet the winter cropping demand.
Madeira also said during the main growing season, the company will have a full product basket that comprises SC 403, SC 537, SC 627 and SC 719 and legumes that include soya bean, groundnuts and beans.