Genetically Modified Organisms, (GMOs), are plants, animals, microorganisms or other organisms whose genetic makeup have been modified in a laboratory using genetic engineering or transgenic technology.
The agency’s statement reads in part:
“IAR in partnership with the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) commenced the research to address the deadly Maruca Vitrata attacks on beans in 2009 after series of efforts to use conventional breeding methods failed to produce results.
“After 10 years of extensive research, the government has deemed it fit to introduce the crop variety into the nation’s agricultural seed system having met all regulatory stipulations and scientific procedures.
“The introduction will address the national cowpea demand deficit of about 500,000 tonnes and also improve the national productivity average of 350kg/hectare.”