By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria
The Institute For Agricultural Research (IAR/ABU) Zaria has harvested the second trial of TELA Maize at the institute’s farm.
Speaking to newsmen during the harvest, Principal Investigator of TELA Maize Project, Professor Rabi’u Adamu said the harvest is part of the process to meet before Federal Government gives approval to take farmers for trial on their farm lands.
Professor Adamu said the harvest was carried out in the presence of the regulatory agency, National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) which has the mandate for approving the TELA Maize to reach farmers for trial on their farm lands.
“TELA Maize is a new variety which is drought tolerant and also fights insects and pests such as Fall Armyworm and Stemborer.
According to the investigator, TELA Maize is more beneficial to farmers because it costs less on spending buying pestocides and it produces more yield after the harvest from four to seven tonnes per hectare.
TELA Maize trial is carried out in six Northern stated and two states in the South; Oyo and Ogun respectively.