Could African farmers double maize yield by using hybrid, GMO seeds?

DuPont Co.’s Pioneer unit. . . said farmers of the grain on the continent could more than double productivity over the next few decades if they switched to hybrid seed.

The continent currently has about 35 million hectares (86.5 million acres) planted with corn, yielding under 2 metric tons per hectare, Prabdeep Bajwa, the African regional business director for Pioneer, said . . . Productivity could rise to an average of between 5 and 7 tons per hectare if farmers used the right seed, he said. The amount of land under corn is unlikely to increase, he said.

“We see great opportunity to bring that maize seed, tested locally, adopted locally, and just tremendous opportunity to improve productivity,” he said. . . .

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