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Biosafety agency to ensure equity in application of modern biotech

NBMA - AATF

The Director-General/Chief Executive Officer of the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Dr Rufus Ebegba, has said that the agency will ensure that biosafety is applied in a way that the technology does not militate against conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity and also the equitable use of resources derived from the use of biological resources. Director-General/Chief Executive Officer of the National ...

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Reactions trail govt’s approval of new maize variety

Genetically modified maize

While experts in the agricultural sector on one hand lauded the Federal Government for approving the evaluation and open cultivation of the new Tela maize variety, some activists have, on the other hand, flayed the development. Genetically modified maize The Tela maize variety developed by researchers at the Institute of Agricultural Research (IAR), Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, is genetically modified ...

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How Africa can strengthen food security, curb post-harvest losses

Dr. Emmanuel Okogbenin

African experts have expressed the need for national governments and regional bodies to adopt effective policies and technology-driven interventions to reduce post-harvest losses stifling food security in the region. Dr. Emmanuel Okogbenin This was the concluding call by a panel of experts who spoke during a webinar on “Accelerating Access to Post-Harvest Management Technologies for Enhanced Food Security and Trade ...

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Building resilience to agricultural shocks will improve productivity

Dr. Canisius Kanangire

Establishing an enabling environment with appropriate policies, regulations, institutions, and markets to drive the adoption of innovations is key to building agricultural resilience in Africa, said Dr. Canisius Kanangire, the Executive Director of the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) during the 11th African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) virtual Summit 2021. Dr. Canisius Kanangire, Executive Director, AATF Speaking during a panel session on “Resilience and ...

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GM cowpea: AATF trains seed certification officers

AATF training

The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), in partnership with the Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR) and the National Agricultural Seeds Council of Nigeria, trained 20 seed certification officers of the Council and 15 technical staff of seed companies on seed production, sampling techniques and certification as the country’s farmers begin planting genetically modified cowpea known as SAMPEA 20-T. Participants at the meeting ...

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820 farmers picked to plant GM cowpea in national demonstration

SAMPEA 20-T

A total of 820 Nigerian farmers selected from 36 states in the country will participate in a nation-wide demonstration of the recently released SAMPEA 20-T by planting it on their plots to create awareness about the variety. A farmer in Rurum area of Rano LGA of Kano state weeding his SAMPEA 20-T farm intercropped with maize SAMPEA 20-T was commercially ...

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Strong supportive voices for biotechnology crucial for technology uptake in Africa, says expert

Dr. Emmanuel Okogbenin

Strong supportive voices for agricultural biotechnology are crucial for the effective deployment and utilisation of biotechnology for improved crop productivity in Africa. Further, more emphasis should be placed on farmer benefits and consumer preferences if biotechnology is to make impact. Dr. Emmanuel Okogbenin This was said by Dr. Emmanuel Okogbenin, Director of Programme Development and Commercialisation at AATF, during the ...

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AATF, partners unveil genetically modified insect resistant beans

Cowpea

Nigeria has achieved what looks like a major milestone in the history of agricultural research and development with the official launch and release for commercialisation of the transgenic Pod Borer Resistant (PBR) Cowpea at an event held on June 29, 2021 in Kano, North-West Nigeria. Cowpea PBR Cowpea (beans), a genetically-modified cowpea, is the product of an international partnership under ...

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Inadequate scientific capacities affecting biotech uptake in Africa – Expert

Issoufou Kollo

Inadequate scientific capacity in most African countries has been identified as the reason for low adoption of modern biotechnology in sub-Saharan Africa, according to an expert. Dr Issoufou Kollo The statement was made by Dr Issoufou Kollo, AATF Cowpea Project Manager, in a keynote address to legal practitioners and officers during a two-day workshop on biotechnology and biosafety recently held ...

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Foundation to release 10 tons of PBR cowpea to farmers

Cowpea

The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) has said that it will release 10 tons of Pod Borer Resistant (PBR) Cowpea before the beginning of the  farming season, to assist farmers get the best yield. Cowpea Dr Issoufou kollo, the Regional Coordinator of AATF, said on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 in Abuja that this would be the first generation of PBR ...

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