AATF Organizes CFT Compliance Training

Compliance TrainingIMG_1963As part of the regulatory requirement for the conduct of Confined Field Trials for Genetically Modified  (GM) Crops, the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF, Abuja has organized a Two day Compliance Training for the Pod Borer Resistant (PBR) Cowpea and Nitrogen Use Efficient (NUE) Rice Projects  team in Abuja from 22 – 24 July, 2014. 

Speaking at the training in his opening remark, the PBR Cowpea Principal Investigator (PI) Prof. Mohammed Ishiyaku of the Institute of Agricultural Research (IAR), noted that the commitment of the project team members for the past six years has brought about the success of the project today and said “I am sure the team members are ever ready once again to go back to what they are best known for”.

In addition to the words of Prof. Ishiyaku, the Project Manager for the PBR Cowpea in West Africa, Dr. Prince Addae also mentioned that, by the project proposal it is expected that by 2017, the improved cowpea seeds would be given to farmers as such, “the essence of the training is to prepare ourselves to be ready before 2017”.

Additionally, the Program Manger said, “we are preparing to have the 2014 CFT in multi location. From 2009 – 2012 there was only one trial in IAR Zaria, in 2013, there were 8 trials in total including the launch of the multi-location trials in Kano and Zamfara states, the increase in number is also an increase in importance and relevance”. The selection of these additional locations is to test the efficacy of the Bt gene in different Agro Ecological zones of Nigeria.

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The Training which was centered on the fact that, the Pod Borer Resistant (PBR) Cowpea project is to achieve commercial release in Nigeria by 2017, had in attendance Project team members from the Institute of Agricultural Research (IAR), Samaru Zaria, National Cereals Research Institute (NCRI), Badagi, Niger State, Savanah Agricultural Research Institute (SARI), Tamale, Ghana and the Regulatory Officer from AATF, Nairobi, Kenya.

The Training which was centered on the fact that, the Pod Borer Resistant (PBR) Cowpea project is to achieve commercial release in Nigeria by 2017, had in attendance Project team members from the Institute of Agricultural Research (IAR), Samaru Zaria, National Cereals Research Institute (NCRI), Badagi, Niger State, Savanah Agricultural Research Institute (SARI), Tamale, Ghana and the Project Assistant from AATF, Nairobi, Kenya.

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