Nigeria is currently in search of a maize variety that can fight the ravaging Fall Armyworm and also withstand some climatic conditions such as drought.
Scientists at the African Agriculture Technology Foundation (AATF), developed the drought-tolerant and Fall Armyworm resistant transgenic maize (TELA) which has concluded its Confined Field Trial, awaiting environmental release.
Nigeria produces an average of 11 million metric tons of maize annually, while its annual local consumption stands at 15 million metric tons, which leaves it with a deficit of 4 million metric tons which it imports.
TELA maize project builds on progress made from breeding work under the Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA).
In 2019, the TELA maize project expanded into Nigeria, presenting a unique opportunity for Nigeria’s scientists, researchers, and farmers to benefit from transgenic drought-tolerant and insect-protected maize varieties. In addition to Nigeria, the TELA Maize Project is working with governments in six other African countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda – to deliver the new TELA maize varieties to farmers.
The TELA Maize Project is a public-private partnership that is coordinated by AATF, a non-profit organization that facilitates public-private partnerships for access and delivery of appropriate technologies to farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Read more: Nigerian Tribune