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New NERICA varieties added

International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA)
April 1, 2005

The latest batch of New Rice for Africa (NERICA) varieties were recently named by the Africa Rice Center (WARDA) Variety Nomination Committee, as based on their performance and popularity in the field. The 11 new varieties have been tested in national programs in Burkina Faso, Mali, Congo-Brazzaville and Kenya.

NERICA varieties been planted on more than 100,000 ha across Africa, including 70,000 ha in Guinea and more than 10,000 ha in Uganda. A total of 18 varieties have been characterized and named by WARDA to date, and all are suitable for the upland rice ecology of sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).

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