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Kenya to provide farmers with insect resistant Bt cotton seeds in pilot trials

August 11th, 2017 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

A genetically modified cotton seed variety with high resistance to the Boll worm infestation is due to be released to the farmers in Kenya soon.
Director of the Thika based Horticultural Research Institute and lead Researcher Dr Charles Waturu, said the new variety will be released to farmers in dry irrigation …

Tanzania’s first trial of GM crops has begun

October 10th, 2016 / MIT Technology Review, US

Many African countries are prime candidates for the kinds of hardy crops made possible by genetic engineering, but few have embraced them wholeheartedly. This week, though, seeds were sown as part of Tanzania’s first-ever trial of genetically modified crops, providing a glimmer of hope for the technology’s prospects across the …

Nigeria NBMA: ‘GMO maize to be Ready after 5-year safety trial’

July 1st, 2016 / AllAfrica.com

The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) has said that the Genetically Modified (GMO) maize recently approved to Monsanto Agriculture Nigeria Limited may not be in the market for another five years. The five-year window period, according to the agency, is to ensure that the product meet all safety standards and …

Cassava agronomy: ACAI starts trials in Nigeria, Tanzania

June 18th, 2016 / elkurebedotcom, Nigeria

Following a five-month progress report, the African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) Project has established 137 limiting nutrient and 70 intercrop trials in a bid to crack the agronomy of cassava. A statement released by Godwin Atser, the Communication and Knowledge Exchange Expert disclosed that so far “20 limiting nutrient trials …