FG Unveils Bill Gate's Funded GMO Seeds 'TELA Maize' To Boost Agricultural Output

Date: 18-06-2024 12:57 pm (3 weeks ago) | Author: Mister Jay Wonder
- at 18-06-2024 12:57 PM (3 weeks ago)

In a significant stride to enhance maize production, the Nigerian federal government has introduced the TELA Maize Variety, a new strain of Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) seeds. The initiative was announced at a launch event in Abuja, highlighting the country's commitment to agricultural innovation and food security.

The TELA Maize Variety, developed at the Institute of Agricultural Research (IAR) at Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, was created in collaboration with the African Agriculture Technology Foundation (AATF). The project received substantial funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other partners, showcasing a notable global partnership.

Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, the Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Security, emphasized at the launch that the government's efforts are focused on improving the welfare, health, and security of its citizens. "We are dedicated to promoting initiatives that will benefit our people and ensure a stable food supply," Abdullahi stated.

This development positions Nigeria as the second African nation to approve GMO maize for commercial planting, following its official approval in February 2024. The decision came after discussions between Bill Gates and President Bola Tinubu in Riyadh, where Gates advocated for the adoption of GMO seeds to bolster agricultural productivity.

With the introduction of TELA Maize, Nigeria aims to significantly enhance its maize yield, ensuring better food security and economic stability for the nation.

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