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Farmers want insect-resistant, high-yielding cowpeas – NABDA

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Professor Abdullahi Mustapha, director-general of the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), said on Wednesday that the recently released and marketed pod borer-resistant (PBR) cowpea would be destined for Nigerian farmers this planting season.

The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that PBR cowpea has been released by the federal government to facilitate high crop yields in many parts of the country and improve food security.

Mustapha, revealed it in Abuja during a media event for the awards ceremony won by the men of the media at the OFAB Media Awards 2020.

He noted that agricultural biotechnology in Nigeria was developing rapidly and that in collaboration with other research institutes, biotech cotton (Bt) and Bt cowpea were released.

“This stage of commercialization requires active media involvement to ensure that farmers get their money’s worth.

“A national stewardship committee responsible for monitoring PBR cowpea has been inaugurated.

“I encourage you to work closely with the committee and let Nigerians know what is happening with PBR cowpea,” he said.

DG NABDA also said it was the duty of the media to monitor all stages and channels through which PBR cowpea seeds reached farmers.

According to him, this is to ensure that there are no compromises or cutting edge practices that would deprive farmers of the maximum benefits offered by the technology.

“At NABDA, the promotion, coordination and deployment of cutting-edge biotechnology research and development, processes, awareness and products for the socio-economic well-being of the nation is our priority.”

He called on science correspondents to give up fake news and focus on factual information that can promote biotechnology for national development.

At the same time, Dr Rose Gidado, Deputy Director of NABDA and National Coordinator of the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB), sought the partnership and support of scientific correspondents to promote and improve evidence-based information on biotechnology.

“We need you more than ever because of the commercialization of Bt cotton and Bt cowpeas.

Likewise, Dr Francis Nwankwo, Head of Products and Stewardship of the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), also expressed his gratitude for the contributions and valuable work of science journalists.

The event saw the presentation of prizes to Pretty Onyejiaku from AIT, for the best in the television category, Africa, Ms Rabi Momoh, FRCN, second in the radio category, Africa, and Vincent Yusuf, second in the press category. , Africa. (NOPE)

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