Nigeria approves two GMO cotton Varieties

Nigeria ratifies two genetically modified heterogeneity of cotton.  The strains were modified by the Institute of Agricultural Research at the Ahmadu Bello University in the northern city of Zaria in collaboration with privately owned Mayco Nigeria Ltd. to include a gene that makes it pest resistant, according to Rose Gidado, assistant director at the Abuja-based National Biotechnology Development Agency. The changes make it possible for these cotton types to overcome bollworm, “the most devastating pest in cotton production,” swell output more than threefold to more than 4 tons per hectare, Gidado said “They’re suitable for all growing areas in the country, mature early and have better fiber strength and length.
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