Nigeria Approves Genetically Modified TELA Maize for Open Cultivation

The Federal Government of Nigeria has granted environmental approval for evaluation and open cultivation of TELA Maize, a new maize variety genetically modified to tolerate moderate drought and resist the fall armyworm and stem borer.

TELA maize has the potential to transform Nigeria’s farming communities with higher yields, better grain quality, and higher farm income.

It was issued by the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), the federal government agency mandated to regulate genetically modified products in the country.

NBMA/CM/003, allows the commercial release of TELA Maize effective from October 8, 2021, to October 5, 2024.

The approval was contained in a Certificate issued to the country’s Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR) whose researchers developed the variety.

The TELA Maize Project was launched in 2018 and is a part of an international Consortium coordinated by AATF, involving Bayer, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), and the National Agricultural Research Systems of seven countries including Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda.