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DuPont Aims to Roll Out Hybrid Corn Seed Program in Tanzania

  • Ethiopia has 300,000 hectares of land planted with hybrid seed
  • Company working with governments to implement program

DuPont Co.’s Pioneer unit hopes to expand its hybrid corn seed partnership with African governments and aid groups to Tanzania after setting up programs for farmers to use its seed in Ethiopia and Zambia.

In Ethiopia the Wilmington, Delaware-based company, the biggest supplier of hybrid corn seeds in Africa, in 2013 partnered with the government and the U.S. Agency for International Development and there are now 300,000 hectares (741,300 acres) growing corn using the seed.