Plant Breeder – Leverage Seeds Limited

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Job Description

Responsibilities

  • Preparation of workplans, planting programs and budgets for breeding nurseries, field trials and seed production activities.
  • Design and management of breeding nurseries, field trials and seed production fields
  • Supervision of selection of farmers for out-growers’ scheme and provision of technical backstopping to farmers for seed production activities.
  • Supervision of the establishment of demos and high-way seed drops
  • Management and capacity building of support and technical staff
  • Training of field staff on data collection and analysis
  • Training of farmers on yield enhancement techniques.
  • Setting up research trials, data analysis and interpretation of results
  • Conduct of field trials to assess germplasm for genetic diversity and characterization of germplasm for tolerance to stresses
  • Identification of desirable traits for seed improvement through genetic variation
  • Advancement of knowledge of plant breeding techniques
  • Drafting of technical reports and publication
  • Development of stress tolerant maize, soybean, cowpea, and rice varieties
  • Selection of parent lines for cross breeding
  • Hybrid seed production in maize, and rice
  • Liaison with research institutes for varietal release process
  • Liaison with commercial plant breeders, scientists, and funding bodies
  • Monitoring of competitors’ activities and setting of product profile in the market
  • Any other responsibility assigned to him by the Line Manager or the Management staff.

Qualifications

  • Candidates should possess a Ph.D or Master’s Degree with at least 2 years work experience.
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