Project hold launch event in Nigeria

The Global Biotech Potato Partnership Nigeria research partner, the National Roots Crops Research Institute hosts project launch event.

A project launch event was organized by the National Root Crops Research Institute (NRCRI) Umudike in June 2022 at Potato Research Sub-station in Plateau State, Nigeria.

The event convened over 50 representatives from relevant organizations including NRCRI Umudike, International Potato Center (CIP), African Agriculture Technology Foundation (AATF), National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), National Potato Value Chain, National Agricultural Seed Service (NASC), Plateau State Agricultural Development Project (PADP), University of Jos, Plateau State University Bokkos, Federal College of Land Resources Technology, National Cereals Research Institute, potato farmers and Michigan State University (MSU) via virtual link.

The event featured a welcome address by the Executive Director of NRCRI, guided tour of the confined field trial site, presentation of project objectives and the previous research on biotech potatoes conducted by CIP.

Thereafter, there were goodwill messages from the Global Biotech Potato Partnership Project Director Dr David Douches and project Deputy Director - Africa, Dr Marc Ghislain who joined via virtual link from Michigan and Kenya, respectively. Other stakeholders, including potato farmers, expressed the need to deploy the late blight resistant potatoes to Nigerian farmers due to frequent and severe outbreaks of disease and scarcity and high cost of fungicides.

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