The Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR), in Zaria has developed
a new cowpea variety that would inject N48 billion into Nigeria’s
Prof. Ishaq Mohammed-Faguci, Lead Scientist, IAR ‘Pod Borer Resistant
Cowpea Research Team’, who made this known on Thursday in Zaria, said
one of the main research efforts of IAR over the past 10 years had been
to combat the menace of a destructive insect that affects cowpea
production in the country.
“The insect is called ‘Maruca pod borer’ and is known to cause up to
80 per cent yield loss in cowpea fields. The research efforts of IAR had
yielded positive results.
“The results of scientific efforts applied in modern techniques of
genetic engineering, also called genetic modification, has led to the
development of co
The Nigerian Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) has approved the commercial release of genetically modified, pest-resistant cowpea to farmers in Nigeria according to ThisDay Live.
This places the country on the path to
becoming the first country ever to cultivate biotech cowpea. This
development adds a new crop to the global biotech basket from Africa.
approval allows the Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR) to
commercially release Pod Borer-Resistant Cowpea (PBR Cowpea)-event
AAT709A, genetically improved to resist Maruca vitrata. This permit is
valid until the end of 2022.
Principal Scientist in Plant
Biotechnology at International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA),
Leena Tripathi, expressed delight stating, “This is indeed good news
for IITA and N
IAR, TAAT introduce modern irrigation technology for wheat farmers
The Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR), Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, in collaboration with the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation-Water Enabler Compact (TAAT), has introduced a modern irrigation technology for wheat farmers in Kano State.
Prof. Henry Igbadun, the TAAT Coordinator and Leader of the
Irrigation Research Programme, said on Tuesday during a field work at
Alkamawa community in Bunkure Local Government Area of Kano State that
the project was sponsored by African Development Bank (AfDB).
said that the introduction of the modern irrigation method was
necessary to reduce the long processes followed by farmers and also
reduce the cost of production.
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