Monsanto fights climate change through improved seed varieties

Post was last updated: June 19, 2018

Hybrid maize seed producer Monsanto Malawi has intensified the fight against climate change through production of maize seed varieties that are adapting to climate change.

The company has organised various field days to sensitise small scale farmers to what types of seed varieties to use depending on geographical location.

On Wednesday, the company engaged Mulanje farmers from Thuchila Extension Planning Area (EPA).

Monsanto Channel Lead Manager, Dennis Kachikho, said the field days have been organised to promote usage of hybrid seed varieties in the face of climate change challenges.

He said Monsanto seeds are adapting well to climate change and this has been proved for years.

“We are a true partner to the government; hence, as seed producers, our role does not only end at providing the seed to the farmer but we also visit our farmers every now and then to make sure they have a good harvest,” he said.

Kachikho said the Southern Region was hit hard by the dry spell and therefore it is important to guide the farmers on how best they can take care of their crops.

“The government, through the subsidy programme, would like to see farmers being able to have a bumper harvest; hence as seed producers, we should not target making profits only but, rather make sure that farmers are supplied with high quality seeds that will give them better yields,” he said, adding that farmers should understand that climate change is real.

Mulanje District Assistant agriculture Development Officer, James Lichapa said the district is affected mostly by drought and floods which affects production by farmers.

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