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January 30th, 2019 / Premium Times, Nigeria

The Nigerian government has approved for use its first genetically modified crop: the Pod Borer Resistant Cowpea (popularly called beans).

This was after it had been genetically modified to resist the pest – Maruca Vitrata.

The cowpea, by this development, becomes the first genetically modified food crop to be approved in the country.

The crop was developed by the Institute for Agricultural Research at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

According to a press statement released by the National Biosafety Management Agency on Tuesday, the approval was contained in a ‘decision document’ issued by NBMA.

The approval means that the crop is safe and poses no harm to humans and the environment. Read more