TechInAfrica – New pearl hybrid millet Nafagnon has been approved in Burkina Faso
The millet matures in 80-85 days, with 3 tons per hectare yield, and resilient against terminal drought stress, as well as resistant to downy mildew, deemed the most dangerous disease to ever attack plants in West and Central Africa. The single-cross hybrid is ideal for farmers and end-users in Burkina Faso with its seed size, yield potential, stay-green, and fast maturity.
“I am impressed by how fast hybrid plants grow. Its leaves remain green at maturity and the grains are well-formed and filled on the panicles. Not only will my family have enough to eat, but animals will also have enough to feed,” Mr. Ladji dogo, a farmer in Balla village said.
“The strong research for development partnership between ICRISAT and INERA has been benefiting smallholder farmers in Burkina Faso. Nafiagnon, the first hybrid, is another important contribution to improve the livelihood of farmers” Dr. Ramadjita Tabo, Regional and Research Program Director for ICRISAT-WCA said.
Nafagnon will be included in the next seed catalog of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) soon.