CROP BREEDING INSTITUTE of DR&SS SCORES ‘TWO FIRSTS’

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RELEASING TWO NEW “SUPER” DEMAND-DRIVEN BEAN CULTIVARS –

ONE FOR CANNING AND ANOTHER FOR NUTRITION

Protea for canning purposes

NUA674 for nutrition

“The dry bean breeding team at the Department of Research and Specialist Services (DR&SS) in the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement, led by Mr. Bruce Mutari has released one navy bean cultivar, Protea, and one sugar bean cultivar NUA674 for nutrition security. It is the first time that the country has its own canning bean cultivar, and similarly, the first time to release a sugar bean cultivar enriched with iron and zinc, says Dr Dumisani Kutywayo (Director – Crops Research Division under DR&SS).

The two cultivars are products of Demand/Market Led-Breeding, a principle of ensuring researchers develop cultivars in response to the needs of the consumers/market. Protea is readily available for uptake by both seed houses and the canning industry while NUA674 is under multiplication and will be available for seed houses in December 2018. Both cultivars were developed by DR&SS in collaboration with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture, CIAT, through the Pan-Africa Bean Research Alliance (PABRA) project in Zimbabwe with funding support from the Swiss Agency for development and Cooperation (SDC). The project, which has been in existence for more than 15 years is a partnership of CIAT-PABRA with DR&SS and other partners (Public, private and NGOs’). It seeks to improve food security, nutrition, incomes, natural resource base and gender equity for better livelihoods of smallholder households in Zimbabwe through ensuring: Read More