Cowpea News in the media

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According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, rice is the fastest growing source of food in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and African farmers are doing what they can to increase production to keep pace. The Current data from USDA showed that 12.5 million tons of milled rice is being produced,... Read more
Cowpea, popularly called beans in Nigeria, is one of the country’s important food crops massively destroyed by a pest called pod borer or Maruca, which damage cowpea pods on farm fields thereby causing heavy losses to farmers and reducing cowpea productivity in the country and other parts of Sub-... Read more
Abuja, March 18, 2013 (NAN) The Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR), Zaria, has developed Maruca-resistant cowpea to reduce farm loss, Mrs Rose Gidado, a bio-technologist, said.
Gidado, Head, Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB) Unit of National Biotechnology Development Agency (... Read more
Prof. Muhammad Faguji Ishiyaku is the Dean of Student Affairs of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and Programme Leader of Biotechnology Research Programme of the Institute of Agricultural Research (IAR) of the University. In this exclusive interview with Abdallah el-Kurebe who was at a Media Training... Read more
Adelaide Arthur (11 October): Confined Field Trial (CFT) of three genetically modified crops may start next year, according to Senior Research Scientist, Dr. Ibrahim Kwasi Atokple.
Scientists at various Institutes of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research are expecting permits from the... Read more
By Gabriel Agbeja
The United Nations (UN) Convention on Biological Diversity defines biotechnology as any technological application that uses biological systems, living organisms or derivatives to make or modify products or processes for specific uses.
Biotechnology is a field of applied biology... Read more
The Nigerian Senate enacted the Biosafety Bill into law on June 1, 2011, after several years of stakeholders' discussion and debate. The Bill went through the Senate procedure by Resolution and Concurrence after going through three readings. It was concurred without amendments to the draft Bill... Read more
Supporters of genetically modified (GM) crop technology fear that their four-year effort to get a biosafety bill enacted in Nigeria may have been in vain if the country's upper house fails to pass it before its tenure ends next month (29 May).
The 2007 bill, passed by the country's lower chamber... Read more
Cowpeas have emerged as one of the most economically important African grain legume and a major item in the regional trade especially within West and Central Africa. This trend has urged crop science researchers in the region to engage in research about the genetically modified cow pea species... Read more
Scientists in Nigeria report they are getting closer to developing tools that will fast-track cowpea breeding. The protein-rich legume is mostly grown in a sub-Saharan African savannah environment.
Scientists at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in Ibadan, Nigeria, are a step... Read more
Nigeria has released two new cowpea varieties to raise production and improve farmers’ incomes.
The varieties are coming just when the country’s researchers are finalizing their plans to attend the Fifth World Cowpea Research Conference to be held from 27 September to 1 October 2010 in Dakar,... Read more
One of Australia's leading researchers in plant gene technology has been recognised for his advocacy of and commitment to communicating the outcomes of scientific research. Dr TJ Higgins, retiring Deputy Chief of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation's (CRIRO) Plant... Read more

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