Peter Werehire

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Improved NEWEST Rice variety to African farmers

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, however there is a 12 million tons deficit that is costing Africans about $5.7 billion annually to import. Most of the Sub-Saharan Africa rice production is in the hands of small-scale farmers who struggle with nitrogen deficient soils, saline soils and drought conditions.


NEWEST rice project expands to Nigeria

Activities to scale up the Nitrogen-Use Efficient (NUE), Water-Use Efficient (WUE and Salt Tolerant (ST) Rice project to Nigeria kicked off early this year with the signing of a collaboration agreement between the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) and the Nigeria’s National Cereal Research Institute (NCRI). Nigeria becomes the third project country after Ghana and Uganda.


The genome sequence of African rice (Oryza glaberrima) and evidence for independent domestication

The cultivation of rice in Africa dates back more than 3,000 years. Interestingly, African rice is not of the same origin as Asian rice (Oryza sativa L.) but rather is an entirely different species (i.e., Oryza glaberrima Steud.). Here we present a high-quality assembly and annotation of the O. glaberrima genome and detailed analyses of its evolutionary history of domestication and selection. Population genomics analyses of 20 O. glaberrima and 94 Oryza barthii accessions support the hypothesis that O.


Researchers inventing pod borer resistant cowpea for Africa

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-Saharan Africa.

According to Prof. Mahammad Faguji Ishiyaku, a plant breeder, Nigeria’s annual consumption of cowpea runs to several millions of tons and constitute a greater percentage of the world’s consumption of cowpea.


AATF plans commercialisation of pod borer resistant cowpea

The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) is working towards commercialising and making the Pod Borer Resistant (PBR) cowpea available to farmers.

AATF is carrying out the pod borer resistant cowpea project to develop cowpea varieties that are resistant to attacks from maruca, a pest that inflicts severe damage to cowpea on farmer’s fields.


External review of the Pod-Borer Resistant Cowpea and NEWEST rice projects indicates they are on track

The Pod-Borer Resistant Cowpea Project and the NEWEST rice projects underwent an external review commissioned by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in April 2013 with the reviewers’ preliminary findings indicating that the two projects are on track in achieving the set milestones.


Maruca-resistant Cowpea project gets approval to conduct multi-location trials

The Nigeria team of the Maruca-resistant Cowpea Project received approval from the country’s National Biosafety Committee to conduct multi-location trials in 2013. This was revealed at the Project’s 2013 annual review and planning meeting held in Accra, Ghana in March 2013.


Nigeria develops Maruca-resistant cowpea to reduce farm loss, says a bio-technologist

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 (NABDA), said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Monday.

She said that the feat was an activity under the Maruca-Resistant Cowpea project.


Why Jonathan should sign Biosafety Bill – Prof Ishiyaku

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 organized by Biosciences for Farming in Africa (B4FA) at the Institute, Prof. Ishiyaku spoke on Biosafety & Biotechnology and the need for President Jonathan to expedite assent on the Biosafety Bill and other issues relating to mass food production. Excerpts:


Ghana to begin GMO testing

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 National Biosafety Committee to enable them proceed with the evaluations.  Seeds for genetically modified rice, cowpea and sweet potatoes are to be tested for essential traits that will enhance crop production in the country.



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