TEGO® maize farmer: I now have extra bags to sell

By Boniface Okute

November 16, 2017

Boaz Nyateng (left), a farmer and chairman of Lambwe Seed Growers Association in Homabay, Western Kenya – with one of the WEMA project’s enumerator at his farm. PHOTO/AATF

Boaz Nyateng, is one of the few farmers from Lambwe Seed Growers Association (LASGA) that survived the effects of drought-stress in 2016. This is because he planted DroughtTEGO® maize hybrid.

“Last season there was drought but I still managed to harvest 9 bags of 90 kg each (0.81 tons) from my 1 acre farm (0.405 ha; i.e. grain yield of 2 ton/ha). Those who planted other maize seed varieties harvested as little as 1.5 bags (0.14 tons; i.e. grain yield of 0.33 ton/ha) from 1 acre” said Boaz.

Boaz has been growing TEGO®, a hybrid maize from Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) Project since 2014 and has become an advocate to members of his group because of its performance and yield.

“I have been growing this variety from 2014 and even encouraged members of my group to do the same, my family now has food and I now have extra bags to sell.” Boaz learnt about TEGO® in 2014 from a field demonstration plot hosted by one of the farmers his group. The performance of that demo changed his perception and they are now growing the variety for consumption and sale.

“The field officers have also trained us on the good farming practices including how to space the seed, fertilizer application, farm management and post-harvest handling of grain. They have also linked us to Ultravetis – a seed company which supply our input store with the certified seeds enabling farmers to access the seeds easily” added Boaz.

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