The Agricultural Research Council (ARC) is launching the first-ever South Africa Maize Information Guide for maize producers and smallholder farmers across the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. The Maize Information Guide is a mobile application that comprises a current collection of scientifically proven data on maize production, insect identification, disease management, and the control of weeds and nematodes.

The Maize Information Guide is another milestone of the ARC, whose goal is to integrate agriculture and information technology that will assist commercial and smallholder farmers to increase their yields per hectare and contribute to food security.

Technological solutions enhance food production

Maize is one of the top staple foods in South Africa and globally. Due to its affordability, it contributes significantly to food security and nutrition. The Maize Information Guide can be downloaded free of charge from the Google Play Store.

The ARC continues to be committed to providing farmers and industry with technological solutions aimed at enhancing good-quality food production.

“Every innovation that the ARC makes is aimed at more convenience, accessibility and realising new possibilities,” said CEO Dr Shadrack Moephuli. – Press release, Agricultural Research Council