Tanzanian agricultural research institutes evaluate different rice hybrids for yield levels

TANZANIA – The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF),  the Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (TARI), and Hybrid East Africa Limited (HEAL) have conducted a second season on-farm multilocation trial (MLT) to evaluate four rice hybrids for adaptability and performance in comparison to the three best commercially released rice inbreds in Tanzania. The trial will be conducted  across five locations namely, Babati, Ukiriguru, Kilombero, Morogoro and Mombo.  The four rice hybrids were among six hybrids evaluated during the first season MLTs concluded in December 2020. Data from the trial indicated that the…

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Nigeria consents open cultivation of genetically modified TELA maize

NIGERIA – The federal government of Nigeria has granted environmental approval for evaluation and open cultivation of TELA maize, a new maize variety genetically modified to tolerate moderate drought and resist the fall armyworm and stem borer. This development now places Nigeria one step closer to commercializing the biotech maize following in the footsteps of South Africa and Egypt. The TELA maize project builds on progress made from a decade of excellent breeding work under the Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) Project.  WEMA’s purpose was to develop drought-tolerant and…

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Kolkata India’s local government inaugurates laboratory to test for food adulteration

INDIA – The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC), the local government of the Indian city of Kolkata has launched a state-of-the-art food laboratory for examining the quality of food and water, a move that will see the city become self-independent in matters of adulteration tracing. The civic body till date had to depend on central or private laboratories for examining the quality of food stuff. The world-class food laboratory has been put up on an area of 4,800 square feet where there is a microbiology section and room for modern instruments…

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FDA’s study shows efficiency of Whole Genome Sequencing program in combating foodborne illnesses

U.S – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a study on the effectiveness of the GenomeTrakr Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) Network, a scientific tool that helps the FDA detect, investigate and limit the spread of foodborne illness outbreaks linked to FDA-regulated foods. The FDA estimates that the program was likely cost effective in its second year of implementation and at current funding levels, the program is generating US$100 million to US$450 million in net annual health benefits. These estimated benefits of the WGS source tracking program easily…

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