The National Varieties Release Committee, NVRC has released 18 high yielding crop varieties to boost agricultural productivity across the country.

The Committee’s Chairman, Oladosu Awoyemi announced the release of the new crop varieties during its 29th meeting at the National Centre for Genetic Resources and Biotechnology, NACGRAB, Ibadan, Oyo state.

NACGRAB’s Registrar, Sunday Aladele in a press statement stated that the new varieties were approved out of a total of 25 varieties submitted for consideration by research institutions, universities and private seed companies.

The statement also explained that the sorghum varieties were released based on their high brix content and high extract yield.

It however, declared that the cassava varieties were released based on high quality flour product and high dry matter while the maize varieties were released based on high grain yield and excellent husk cover, tolerance to drought, low nitrogen and high pro – vitamin A content.