GM, drought-tolerant, insect-resistant corn could save Nigeria $168 million in pesticide imports annually

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Nigeria could save $168 million worth of chemical import annually from the production of the new maize variety. 

[TELA maize project investigator Professor Rabiu] Adamu made this known to the Nation during a tour at the research farms of the Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR), Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

He said the project is aimed at saving farmers the cost of spending so much on chemicals to fight insect pests such as Stem Borer and Fall Army Worm (FAW).

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While noting that the insects and droughts are the biggest threat to Nigeria’s food security, the Professor explained that the Nigerian agriculture is continuously being challenged with climate change, which result into two environmental condition characterized by either shortage of rainfall, which is very much needed to grow crop, or excessive rainfall leading to flooding of farm land.

He said the introduction of this variety to resist insect would go a long way in making maize production cheaper in Nigeria, adding that the drought tolerant of this variety will not only provide stable production of maize but it would expand maize production to marginal areas where rainfall is not so high.

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