End of Tour Report Dr. Laures T. Empig June 30 1994

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1994
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Empig, L. T.
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Dr. Laures T. Empig
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The maize breeding program of KARl is the backbone of the maize industry in Kenya providing cultivars that sufficiently fed the nation up to the early eighties. The major achievements of the program are the development of high yielding hybrids such as H614, H625 and H626 for the highland areas; H511, H512 and H622 for the mid-altitude moist regions; Katumani Composite B (KCB) for the mid-altitude dry areas (ASAL); and Coast Composite Maize (CCM) for the lowland zone. Regrettably, the yield potential of these varieties are minimally exploited in the highland and mid-altitude moist areas because of poor agronomic information regarding their use, lack of economic data on profitability under various cropping systems, and poor extension mechanisms that fail to bring the correct practices to the farmers on time.
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