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Thursday, July 1, 2021

Eight Million Nigerian Farmers To Benefit From Newly Launched COWPEA 20-T

By Ada Achanya

Nigerian farmers have reason to smile as the newly launched PBR Cowpea is expected to checkmate the devastating impact of maruca vitrata on their crops.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono stated this at the launching of pod borer resistant cowpea variety in Kano.

He said that the Buhari administration has worked hard to address farming constraints in the country, thereby improved the living standard of farmers and enhance their contributions towards boosting food security.

The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnya Onu congratulated Nigeria Scientists for the great work saying commercialization of PBR Cowpea would solve problems of food security in the country.

He further said Nigeria could only solve its food problems that has been exacerbated by the dwindling fertility of the soil and the reliance on age long method by thinking outside the box.

Speaking at the event, Kano state governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje said Nigeria could make the best of the emerging technologies and Innovations in Agriculture to regain lost glories and make huge economic gains alongside.

"Today Nigeria is recognized as the first country in the world to release a cowpea variety that is resistant to maruca, the destructive insect that has been a nightmare to farmers on the African continent," he said.

In his remarks, Dr. Denis Kyetere the Executive Secretary of AATF, stated that PBR cowpea will greatly benefit farmers and consumers in Nigeria.

According to him "The National cowpea production will increase by 20-100% as has been recorded and witnessed by farmers ".

He noted that people who depend on cowpea rich protein vitamin  (thiamine) and minerals such as iron will have abundant supply of PBR Cowpea. 

"An increased supply of cowpea will help reduced malnutrition in the country especially among children and women. When people are healthy they will be productive"

Also at the event, Prof. Abdullahi Mustapha, Director General of National Biotechnology Development Agency, highlighted the advantages of Agricultural biotechnology in Agriculture as a tool to enhanced productivity, reduced drudgery and increase yields, which he said are the reasons for creating the Agency.

President of All Farmers Association of Nigeria Arc. Kabiru Ibrahim said about eight million Nigerian farmers and families will benefit directly from cultivating the newly launched pod borer resistant cowpea variety called SAMPEA 20-T.

He further said 12.5 million hectares of land will be dedicated to the production of the new variety across Africa where many millions consume cowpea on a daily basis.

"I understand that Nigeria is the first country in the whole world to commercialized this variety of cowpea and hitherto yield losses of 70-80% are common place due to pod borer infestation on cowpea but the development and release of SAMPEA 20-T will completely mitigate this phenomenon.

Earlier at the  uneviling/launched event, IAR and USAID commended work done on the newly launched pod borer resistant SAMPEA 20- T.

They noted that the process by which new security innovations are developed and used will enhance prosperity, resilience, nutrition and the improvement of the production of Beans in Nigeria.

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