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Juba varsity works to improve quality of seeds

Author : Nichola Mandil | Published: Friday, September 26, 2014

Staff of the department of Agriculture and Natural Resources in the University of Juba, say they are working to improve quality seeds for local farmer.

The department has planted 13 different types of seeds that have collected from Equatoria region.

The seeds are being crossbred in Rajaf East farm. The crossbreeding process is mainly done on Cowpeas, maize and groundnuts seeds.

James Odra, a university Professor of plant physiology, told Eye Radio at Rajaf that the improved seeds will boost food production in the Country.

“There are local varieties which we brought from all over Equatoria and we have also imported some improved variety from Nigeria. And the reason why you see them so many is that we are comparing the one we imported from Nigeria and the ones we collected from Equatoria region to compare, which ones are growing better so that we release them to the farmers.” The professor said.

The Rajaf cowpeas farm is a project of the University of Juba department of Agriculture and Forestry supported by AGRA and the National Ministry of Agriculture.

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