Maize Seed

Maize is Zambia’s most important crop in terms of cultivation, production, consumption and income generation. It is grown all over the country on all kinds of soils and management levels.

Zambia has a good climate for maize production both in terms of rainfall, distribution and temperatures. Since independence, good progress has been made in terms of varietal development, seed production and availability, as well as development of agronomic packages. Yet for a long time national maize production remained low and the country hardly reached self sufficiency in maize and other food production. More recently, however, production picked up with surplus recorded in the last two to three years.

Excellent varieties of maize are available yielding up to 15 tons/hectare but the adoption rate of these varieties by small scale farmers is very low. They tend to continue growing old and poor varieties while far better new varieties are available. The main task is to lift production levels of small scale cultivators to a profitable level of at least 4-5 tons per hectare (20-25bags/Lima)

ZAMSEED MAIZE SEED VARIETY

"G = Good, VG = Very Good, EX = Excellent, GLS Gray Leaf Spot

 

Variety

Days to maturity

Seed rate

Disease Resistance

Drought Tolerance

Yield (Mt/Ha)

GLS

Blight

Cob rot

MSV

 

 

Early Maturing Varieties (Region One)

ZMS 402

105-110

20-25

EX

EX

VG

G

VG

6.0

ZMS 405

110-120

20-25

VG

G

G

VG

VG

6.0

 

 

Medium Early Maturing Varieties

MM 502

120-125

20-25

VG

M

G

VG

VG

8-9

ZMS 510

120-125

20-25

G

G

G

G

G

8-9

ZMS 528

120-125

20-25

EX

EX

G

G

G

8-10

 

 

Medium Maturing Varieties (Region Two) : For enquiry contact the Marketing department

ZMS 606

120-125

20-25

EX

EX

G

G

G

8-10

ZMS 616

125-130

20-25

EX

EX

EX

EX

VG

8-9

ZMS 620

125-130

20-25

EX

G

EX

G

G

10-12

ZMS 623

125-130

20-25

VG

G

VG

G

VG

10-12

ZMS 638

125-130

20

VG

VG

EX

VG

VG

10-13

ZMS 652

125-130

20

VG

VG

G

VG

M

11-13

 

 

Late Maturing Varieties (Region Three): For enquiry contact the Marketing department

ZMS 702

135-140

20

EX

EX

EX

EX

G

12-14

ZMS 720

145-150

20

EX

EX

EX

VG

G

12-15

 

 

Open Pollinated Varieties

ZM 521

115-120

20-25

VG

VG

G

VG

VG

5-6

ZAM POP 23

120-125

20-25

G

G

G

VG

VG

6-7

 

 

Yellow Hybrid

ZMS 607Y

125-130

20-25

VG

VG

G

VG

G

8-10

 

 

Orange Maize Variety

GV 664A

95-100

20-120

G

G

G

G

M

6

More Information on Maize

Choice of Variety and Seed | Variety Description | Land Preparation | Planting, Seed Rate and Fertilizer Application | Thinning | Weeding | Top Dressing and Crop Management | Good Management Tips | Harvesting

 

 

 

 

Depots

Chipata Depot
Stand No. 931 David Kaunda Rd
P.O. Box 510695, Chipata
Tel: +260 216 21500
Eastern province

Kapiri Mposhi Depot
Stand No. 911 Great North Rd
P.O. Box 810194, Kapiri Mposhi
Tel: +260 215 271166/74
Central Province

Kitwe Depot
Kitwe Show Grounds
P.O. Box 22196, Kitwe
Tel: +260212 226777
Coperbelt Province

Mazabuka Depot
Lubombo Rd
P.O. Box 670174, Mazabuka
Tel: +260 213 30275
Southern Province