Cowpea, the first genetically modified crop approved by Ghana

Dried Cowpea
Published Aug 2, 2022

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The National Biosafety Authority (NBA) of Ghana has approved the commercial release of genetically modified (GM) cowpea, BT cowpea (Vigna unguiculata L. Walp), developed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Savanna AgriculturalResearch Institute ( SARI). The gene to develop the GM cowpea was obtained from Monsanto (Bayer) through the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF).

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The accreditation was issued for a period of ten years and can be renewed. Bt cowpea targets the Maruca pod borer (Maruca vitrata), which can reduce yields by 20-80%. One of the benefits for farmers is the reduction in the use of pesticides. The next step in bringing the product to market will be for SARI to conduct field trials in farmers' fields over two seasons. The results of these trials will be submitted to the National Variety Release and Registration Committee of the National Seed Council of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture for final approval. Then, SARI will be able to market the seeds on the market. Ghana produces about 57,000 tons of cowpeas per year for a ...
Source: Commodafrica
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