Nationwide demonstrations of newly genetically modified PBR Cowpea begins in Nigeria

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The Institute for Agricultural Research, Ahmadu Bello University (IAR/ABU) Zaria and the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) have concluded arrangements for nationwide on-farm demonstrations to raise farmer awareness on the new genetically modified Pod Borer Resistant cowpea variety, commercialized as SAMPEA-20-T.
The demonstration trials will be managed solely by farmers on their plots and supervised by government extension agents to ensure that the farmers follow laid down protocols.
Farmers and extension officers and agents who will be involved in the trials from 9 states of Bauchi, Jigawa, Plateau, Adamawa, Katsina, Kaduna, Kano, Zamfara, Niger and Abuja were trained on the demonstration protocols during a one-day PBR Cowpea demonstration trial training that was held at IAR/ABU at the weekend.
The Executive Director, IAR/ABU Professor Ishiyaku Mohammed, during the training said that the nationwide demonstration is the platform through which farmers across Nigeria will have firsthand knowledge and test the ability of PBR Cowpea to deliver on the promises made by scientists.
Prof. Mohammed said that having worked with farmers for many years, he was convinced that they trust scientists but if the promise is not delivered, they will jettison the product and promoter.
The PBR cowpea Trial Manager, Dr Lawan Umar, said that the objective of the demonstration is to have a general understanding of the new cowpea variety and to provide an ideal opportunity for cowpea growers to learn about sustainable farming practices for PBR cowpea.
The AATF Stewardship Manager Dr Francis Onyekachi, urged the farmers to follow the stewardship programme designed for the PBR Cowpea.
According to him, the stewardship plan for a product incorporates responsible and ethical management of that product throughout its lifecycle.
The one-day meeting attracted more than 53 farmers and extension agents from the selected states and locations.
Credit: Radio Nigeria
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