NEWEST High-yield Rice To Flood Market Soon – Researchers

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The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) has concluded arrangements to flood the market with Nitrogen and Water Efficient Salt Tolerant (NEWEST) rice within the next two years.

Rising from the NEWEST Rice Annual Review and Planning Meeting held at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan over the weekend, a team of researchers under the auspices of the AATF resolved to, as a matter of urgency, “avail stakeholders across the country the improved farmer-preferred
rice varieties that would guarantee improved crop yields, resulting in enhanced household food security and production of marketable crop surplus.”

The forum noted with delight that the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) has already been working vigorously with partners to develop and disseminate farmer-preferred and locally adapted rice varieties with enhanced nitrogen-use efficiency, water-use efficiency and salt tolerance (NEWEST).