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Institute distributes new maize variety to Oyo communities



To avert maize scarcity, especially in the Southwest, the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IAR&T), Ibadan, Oyo State has distributed over a metric tonne of new maize variety, to farmers in select local councils, farm settlements and villages in Oyo State.

Leader of the IAR&T maize distribution team, Dr. Olugbenga Egbetokun, who spoke with journalists, during the distribution of the maize called ART/98/SWY-1, to farmers in Atiba, Oyo East Council and those at the IAR&T adopted village, Oniyo Eleruwa village in Orire Council area, maintained that the “distribution was to ensure that young people key into farming, in order to avert of food scarcity in the state and in the country in general.”

Egbetokun, accompanied by Seed Officer of IAR&T, Dr. Julius Olasoji; Mrs. Folake Anjorin; and Head of Public Relations Unit of the institute, Mr. Adeniyi Amusat, said the target was to distribute to at least 500 young maize farmers in the state.

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