Nigeria releases GMO cowpea, urges farmers not to reject technology out of fear

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Australian scientist T.J. Higgins (right) and colleagues survey a field trial of GMO insect-resistant Bt cowpeas. Image: Mumuni Abudulai)

After nine years of field trials, the Federal Government has released genetically modified …. cowpeas to farmers in [Nigeria]. Director General of the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Dr. Rufus Ebegba, disclosed this [December 18] …. in Abuja.

He explained that the application for commercial release of GMO crops was the first of its kind and in line with [the] NBMA Act to build on past efforts of basic science …. Ebegba added that every new technology is bound to face suspicion and concerns, stressing that Nigerian farmers should not fail to explore due to fear of the unknown.

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