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January 16th, 2019 / Leadership, Nigeria

After nine years of intensive trials of the Bacillus thuringiences (Bt) cowpea (beans), Nigeria finally begins the final processes towards the commercialisation of the crop with a public presentation to get input from scientists, farmers, policy makers, civil society organisations, experts, faith-based organisations and the media.

The public presentation by the nation’s biotech regulatory agency, the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) which is the preliminary decision making process before the commercialisation of genetically modified pod borer resistant (PBR) cowpea in Nigeria saw scientists, farmers, policy makers, civil society and faith-based organisatons from within Nigeria and other West African countries rooting for the technology, underscoring the tremendous benefits the nation stands to gain by its adoption and application. Read more