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Nigerian released BT cowpea, BT cotton undergoing performance trial ahead 2020 commercialization

As Nigerian farmers await the commercial release of the two genetically modified crops, BT cotton and BT cowpea, there is an ongoing National Performance trial for the crops in over 10 locations across the country, including farmers field. This trial is part of the requirements of the National Varietal Release …

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Genome Editing: Nigerian biosafety agency train staff on regulation 

By Edwin Nwanojuo The National Biosafety Management in conjunction with the Program for Biosafety Systems (PBS) has commenced a series of trainings to properly equip Biosafety Regulators on how best to regulate the emerging technology – genome editing. Director General/Chief Executive Officer of the NBMA, Dr Rufus Ebegba, while speaking …

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Nigerian biosafety agency begins drafting of guidelines on genome editing regulation

The Nigerian National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA)  has begun drafting of guidelines for the proper regulation of genome editing in Nigeria. The Director General/CEO, NBMA Dr. Rufus Ebegba, while speaking at the guideline drafting workshop in Abuja, said there is the need to have proper guidelines for regulation of genome …

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Nigerian farmers commend new GM beans performance on the field 

Nigerian beans farmers have commended the performance of new beans variety, Pod Borer Resistant (PBR) Cowpea (beans) over its outstanding performance on the field over the old varieties the planted in the past. The farmers who spoke during a nationwide demonstration trial of the new beans variety, said they could …

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INTERVIEW: Africa may be losing 20 million MT of maize annually to Armyworm- Dr Oikeh

African Agricultural technology Foundation (AATF) Project Manager TELA Maize Project, Dr. Sylvester Oikeh in this interview at the National Agricultural Extension Research Liason Services (NAERLS), Zaria, Nigeria, opens up on dangers of the Fall Armyworm pest to especially maize crop, successes recorded in curtailing it in other countries and why …

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NBMA receives application to introduce GM Maize that resists Armyworm 

The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) has said it has received application from the Institute of Agricultural Research (IAR) Zaria to commence the Confined Field Trial (CFT) of Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA). WEMA is a Public Private Partnership that started since 2008, to develop and deploy royalty-free, African …

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Agric biotechnology would end hunger in Nigeria-  Sci&Tech Minister 

The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu has said that agricultural biotechnology and Genetically Modified Organism has the potential to play a very critical role in ensuring that the country produce enough food to feed its citizens. The Minister while noting that agricultural biotechnology would assist Nigeria in …

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