Local maize beats world

The Herald, November, 20, 1980

AN ENTRY of Zimbabwe seed maize has won the world championship in the grain section of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, Canada.

A spokesman for the Seed Maize Co-op said the entry of a hybrid SR52 variety was made by Mr Alan Addision, the manager of Lowdale Farm, Mazoe.

The entry also won the Canada Starch Company challenge trophy for shelled corn and was awarded a silver tray and C$100.

Zimbabwe had won first prize in the grain section for seven years, but it was the first time it had taken the world championships, the spokesman added.

He said for the past two years Zimbabwe hybrid seed maize could not be entered on this premier event.

LESSONS FOR TODAY

  • Maize is the country’s staple food crop. It accounts for over 50 percent of the average calorie consumption of the whole populace.
  • Showcasing a country’s produce on the international market is very beneficial because it ensures global endorsement of the nation’s produce as well as increase exports of such products thereby, increasing foreign currency generation.
  • The fact that the country had been winning the first prize in the grain section for seven years speaks volumes of its capabilities.
  • The country is known for producing high quality seed maize thanks to continuous research into varieties that fare well, given the changing climatic conditions worldwide.

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