GMO cowpea: Bridging the gap between innovation and social change

by Opuah Abeikwen

The pod-borer insect (maruca) is highly notorious in cowpea production, forcing farmers to spray pesticides about six to seven times within a planting season. Nigerian scientists hope a new genetically modified variety of cowpea will resist this pest while limiting the use of pesticides and increasing cowpea yields.

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