Nigeria: Transgenic potatoes yield up to 300% more
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Published Nov 29, 2023
The transgenic potato, developed through international collaboration, has completed its first year of trials in Nigeria and has shown a significant yield advantage over conventional varieties. The trials were conducted under the Feed the Future Global Biotechnology Potato Partnership, which aims to market late blight-resistant potatoes in several countries. This could potentially be Nigeria's third commercially viable transgenic crop, following cotton and cowpeas.
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The transgenic potato is the result of an international public collaboration that develops late blight-resistant varieties for Bangladesh, Indonesia, Kenya and Nigeria. This potato could be the third transgenic crop, alongside genetically modified maize, that would advance to the commercial stage in Nigeria, after cotton and cowpeas. The genetically modified (GM or transgenic) potato project in Nigeria has completed its first year of multi-site confined trials in three locations and the genetically modified potatoes show a significant yield advantage over conventional varieties planted in the country. This is contained in a statement signed by the Communications Officer (West and Central Africa) of the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), Alex Abutu, which was made available to journalists on Wednesday in Kaduna. Abutu said preliminary results from the three sites, namely Kuru and Bokkos in Plateau and Kusuku in Taraba, showed that biotech potatoes had a uniform ...