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Crop Biotech Update

Field Trials of Biotech Cowpea Begin in Ghana

September 25, 2013

Confined field trials for biotech cowpea have started at Nyapkala in Tolon District, Ghana. The crop, together with cotton, rice, and sweet potatoes, has been approved by the biosafety regulation for testing in the country. The biotech cowpea confers resistance to pod borer. It is expected that once the results of the trials are favorable, planting of biotech cowpea will contribute towards reduction of insecticide use, and improve the nutritional well-being and economic status of farmers.

The project is under the partnership of public and private institutions including Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) in Australia, African Agriculture Technology Foundation (AATF).

Read more details at http://agriculture.einnews.com/article/168358546 and http://www.ghanabusinessnews.com/2013/09/19/gmo-field-trials-for-cowpea-begin-in-northern-ghana/.