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Institute for Agricultural Research develops new cowpea variety.

Institute for Agricultural Research develops new cowpea variety.

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The Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR), in Zaria has developed a new cowpea variety that would inject N48 billion into Nigeria’s economy annually. 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
Group Approves Genetically Modified , Pest -Resistant Cowpea.

Group Approves Genetically Modified , Pest -Resistant Cowpea.

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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. NBMA’s 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

IAR, TAAT introduce modern irrigation technology for wheat farmers

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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). Igbadun 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. Accor...