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GM cowpeas to debut in Africa by 2017

Researchers anticipate the market introduction of genetically modified pod borer (Maruca vitrata)-resistant cowpeas within three years, the newswire, SciDev, reports. The crop has been under development since 2008 through the Kenya-based African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), including scientists from three West African countries. “We hope for commercialisation of the crop by 2017 in Burkina Faso, Ghana and Nigeria,” AATF project manager Prince Addae reportedly says. The Foundation cautions that biosafety rules in target countries are recent and untested (Agrow passim). Ghana’s Ministry of Agriculture says that regional regulators are working on a common biosafety framework, the report adds.

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