By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria
The principal investigator TELA Maize Project, Professor Rabi’u Adamu has said that the use of technology through TELA maize will resolve the challenges of pest and drought on maize production .
He made this known at the 2 days capacity building training for Nigerian Journalists on TELA Maize reporting held at Kano .
Prof. Rabi’u Adamu said production of maize in Nigeria must be doubled by 2050, stressing that Nigeria needs about five tonnes per hectare to meet up with demands.
According to him, stem borer is a major maize disease found to be reducing maize yield between 14 per cent and 18 per cent .
The investigator pointed out that the objective of TELA Maize is to further enhance food security in the Sub-saharan Africa.
He noted that. TELA maize project has so far released five improved maize varieties in Africa as of 2019.
Prof. Adamu said in spite of the identified benefits of the innovation, it is important to enlist the support of stakeholders prior to the release of the crop variety .
While explaining that TELA Maize is a home grown research undertaken by Nigerian scientists to develop and implement effective strategy for environmental release of in Nigeria.
He explained that the essence of the capacity building is to educate journalists on effective communication strategy in reporting the TELA Maize and to create awareness and acceptability on the new variety to the farmers and relevant stakeholders.