Biotech Updates

Nigeria Approves Import of Argentina's HB4 Wheat

July 20, 2022

Nigeria has become the latest addition to the list of countries importing drought tolerant HB4 wheat variety from Argentina. The GM wheat has been approved for food and feed use in Brazil, Colombia, Australia, and New Zealand.

The import permit granted by the National Biosafety Management Agency of Nigeria is valid until July 2025. Nigeria's announcement was made a few weeks after the US Food and Drug Administration released the results of their assessment of the GM wheat and concluded that there are no questions about the safety of the crop.

According to Bioceres, the developer of HB4 wheat, the technology has shown to boost yields by an average of 20% in limited water conditions, a vital trait that is favorable for double-cropping systems where water management is critical.

Read more from World Grain.

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