Pioneer is growing its hybrid corn seed scheme further into Africa
bdlive.co.za - Aug 16th 2016, 09:11
DUPONT’S Pioneer unit hopes to expand its hybrid corn seed partnership with African governments and aid groups, to Tanzania, after setting up programmes for farmers to use its seed in Ethiopia and Zambia.
In Ethiopia in 2013, Pioneer, the biggest supplier of hybrid corn seeds in Africa, partnered with the government and the US Agency for International Development, and there are now 300,000ha growing corn using the seed.
In February, the programme was rolled out in Zambia and the company hopes to complete talks with Tanzania this year and launch the programme next year, Prabdeep Bajwa, the African regional business director for Pioneer, said in an interview in Bloomberg’s Johannesburg office last Friday. The programme includes training and financing for farmers.
"We have to work very closely with governments," he said. "It’s programmes like Amsap for example, that are proof points for the use of hybrid seed."
Dupont, through its Pioneer and Pannar units, is trying to expand its seed business in Africa, where there are about 35-million hectares of land under corn with an average yield of less than two tonnes per hectare, he said. That was less than third of the average productivity of US corn farms.
"We have had conversation(s) in Ghana about the same deal," Bajwa said. The governments are becoming more receptive."
While genetically modified corn seed is used in SA, it is not permitted elsewhere on the continent, boosting the potential for hybrid seed, Bajwa said.From DFM Publishers (Pty) Ltd
Digital footprint helps farmers step into future
22/09/2019 - 09:59
The potential to increase Africa’s agricultural yields through the strategic use of data could place the continents’ farmers at the heart of tomorrow’s global economy.
Distell says rest of Africa offset lower volumes in SA
28/08/2019 - 09:23
Alcoholic drinks company Distell, whose brands include Nederburg wines and Klipdrift brandies, says its rest-of-Africa business made up for lower sales volumes in SA in the year to end-June.
Shoprite earnings take knock on non-SA operations
20/08/2019 - 10:39
Shoprite’s shares fell to their worst level in more than three years after Africa’s largest food retailer reported a 20% drop in earnings and said it saw no immediate prospects of its troublesome non-SA operations returning to profitability.
AB InBev rolls out blockchain solution to assist farmers
01/08/2019 - 14:16
Multinational brewing company AB InBev Africa is rolling out a blockchain solution to assist smallholder farmers in its supply chain.
Swine fever epidemic may slash China's pig herd by half
30/07/2019 - 10:52
China’s pig herd could halve by the end of 2019 from a year earlier as an epidemic of African swine fever sweeps through the world’s top pork producer, analysts at Dutch bank Rabobank forecast.