Okro variety is the type of okro seeds used for okro farming. There are a lot of okra varieties in Nigeria. They are categorized into hybrid okro varieties (hybrid okro seeds) and open pollinated okro varieties (open pollinated okro seeds).
The hybrid okro varieties are bred to produce high yields. They also resist pests and diseases better than the open pollinated okro seeds. Hybrid okro seeds cannot be replanted.
The open pollinated okro varieties are not as high yielding as the hybrid okro varieties. However, they can be replanted unlike the hybrid okro seeds.
Okro Varieties in Nigeria
The following are the okro varieties in Nigeria:
Maha F1 Okro Variety
Maha F1 okro variety is a hybrid okra seed variety from East West Seeds. It is one of the highest yielding okro varieties in Nigeria.
This variety produces large leaves. It has a high okro pods producing capability. Maha F1 is resistant to the mosaic virus and other viral diseases that affect okra plants.
Maha F1 has a maturity time of 55 – 60 days.
Kirikou F1 Okro Variety
Kirikou F1 is one of the hybrid okro varieties in Nigeria. This okro variety is from Technisem. This okro variety is notable for its high yield and pests and diseases resistance.
Kirikou F1 produces short okro pods. Short okro pods are favoured by okro consumers in Nigeria. This variety has a good market acceptance in the Nigerian market.
Kirikou F1 has a maturity time of 55 – 60 days.
Yeleen Okro Variety
Yeleen is an open pollinated okro variety. Despite being an open pollinated variety, Yeleen okro seeds produce a very high yield. It is also resistant to some pests and diseases.
Yeleen okro seeds produce short okro pods that are well accepted in the Nigerian market.
Yeleen okro variety has a maturity time of 60 – 70 days.
NHAR Okro 47-4 Variety
NHAR 47-4 variety is an improved open pollinated okro variety. This okro variety is early maturing and high yelding.
NHAR 47-4 is open pollinated okro variety produces short okro pods with good market value in Nigeria.
V35 Okro Variety
V35 variety is an improved open pollinated okro variety. This okro variety is early maturing and high yelding.
V35 is open pollinated okro variety produces short okro pods. This variety is also widely accepted by okra consumers in Nigeria.
V2 Okro Variety
V2 okro variety is an improved open pollinated okro variety. This okro variety is early maturing and high yelding.
V2 okro variety produces large leaves and short okro pods.
Source: Seed Portal
The Best Okro Variety in Nigeria
The best okro variety in Nigeria is Maha F1. Maha F1 is a unique hybrid okra seeds variety from East West Seeds.
For some okro farmers, Kirikou may be chosen as the best okro variety in Nigeria because of its superb yield.
Factors to Consider before Choosing an Okro Variety in Nigeria
The following are the factors to consider before choosing an okro variety in Nigeria:
- The yield of the variety
- Time to Maturity
- Resistance to Pests and Diseases
- The Price of the Seeds
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