CIMMYT senior manager Stephen Mugo retires after two decades of admirable service

KENYA – The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center known by its Spanish acronym CIMMYT has announced the retirement of its maize breeder and senior manager Stephen Mugo, marking two decades of illustrious service. CIMMYT is a non-profit research and training institution dedicated to both the development of improved varieties of wheat and maize with the aim of contributing to food security, and the introduction of improved agricultural practices to smallholder farmers to help boost production, prevent crop disease and improve their livelihoods. A Principal Scientist and Maize Breeder at CIMMYT’s…

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Research institution to unveil fall armyworm-resistant maize breed in Kenya

KENYA – The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) has announced that it will roll out the three varieties of maize that are immune to armyworm invasion by the end of 2020. Dr Stephen Mugo, a maize breeder at CIMMYT, said the new conventional breed would be available by the close of next year as the regulators are expected to conduct performance trials early 2020, reports Business Daily. Speaking during a recently held stakeholder’s forum on fall armyworm Dr Mugo said the varieties are part of more than five…

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