The Federal Ministry of Science and Technology has released a high yielding wheat variety to Nigerian farmers to improve the general output of the crop in the country.
The National Centre for Genetic Resources and Biotechnology (NACGRAB), said that the approval and release of the wheat variety was made at the 27th meeting of the National Varieties Release Committee (NVRC) held in Ibadan.
NVRC Chairman, Prof. Oladosu Awoyemi, said that the wheat variety, named LACRI WHIT – 11, was recommended for release based on its heat tolerance, high yield and good baking quality.
Awoyemi said that out of a total of seven crop varieties that were submitted for registration and release, only LACRI WHIT – 11 variety was approved for release by NVRC.
“Other attributes of the wheat variety are; 90 to 95 days maturity, well adapted to irrigated conditions of the Sudano-sahelian zones, and potential yield of 7.1 tonnes per hectare,’’ he said.
The Registrar of NVRC and Chief Executive Officer of NACGRAB, Dr Sunday Aladele, also called on plant breeders and crop scientists from within and outside Nigeria to submit their nominations to NACGRAB on time.
Aladele said that early submission of varieties for nominations would enable NVRC to recommend and approve greater number of varieties at its next meeting and urged potential crop varieties developers to ensure compliance with the Distinct Uniformity Stability (DUS) requirements from NACGRAB.
“The crop varieties must meet the DUS requirements of being distinct, uniform and stable to be accepted not only in Nigeria but in the whole West Africa region,” Oladele said.
The 27th NVRC meeting was attended by representatives of research institutions, universities and private seed companies in Nigeria and abroad.