NEWEST rice project expands to Nigeria

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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.

LEFT: A team from Nigeria’s NBC, AATF and NCRI on an inspection tour of the selected CFT site at NCRI, Badeggi in June 2014

During the period, partners in Nigeria identified a confined field trial (CFT) site at NCRI in Badeggi. The site was inspected by the country’s National Biosafety Committee (NBC) in June 2014 who recommended its approval by the Ministry of Environment. To enable NCRI to carry out the CFT, approval was granted for it to carry out biotechnology work and its Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) inaugurated by the NBC.

The team also initiated the CFT application process to seek approval from the country’s NBC to conduct trials during 2014.

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