Transgenic potatoes in Nigeria: increase of up to 300% in productivity
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Published Dec 2, 2023
Genetically modified potatoes in Nigeria have shown a yield advantage of over 300% compared to conventional varieties in confined trials. The tests were conducted at three locations and have demonstrated consistent results, especially when no fungicide was used. The project aims to commercialize potatoes resistant to late blight and tailored to the preferences of farmers in Nigeria.
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The genetically modified potato project in Nigeria has completed its first year of confined trials in specific locations, and preliminary results show a notable yield advantage compared to conventional varieties grown in the country. The tests were carried out at three locations: Kuru and Bokkos in Plateau, and Kusuku in Taraba. According to Alex Abutu, Communications Officer (West and Central Africa) at the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), GM potatoes have demonstrated a consistent yield advantage of over 300% when compared to the best performing conventional variety in the country. , especially when no fungicide has been applied. The tests are part of the Feed the Future Global ...