MOZAMBIQUE TESTING GENETICALLY-MODIFIED MAIZE FOR DROUGHT, PEST-RESISTANT STRAIN

MAPUTO, The Mozambican authorities are testing genetically modified maize in the Chokwe Agricultural Station, in the southern province of Gaza, in order to identify a strain of maize suited to Mozambique’s agro-ecological conditions and which is drought-tolerant and insect pest-resistant.

According to a report in the Beira daily newspaper, Diario de Mocambique, the first sowing of this trial maize, imported from the United States, took place in Chokwe on Saturday, in the experimental field run by the Mozambican Agricultural Research Institute (IIAM) as part of Programme WEMA (Water-Efficient Maize for Africa).

WEMA involves researchers from the IIAM, Tanzania, the Republic of Africa, Kenya and Uganda. The Chokwe experimental field was established recently by the IIAM specifically for trials of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).

Maize has been chosen for the initial research, and results are expected within three years. The sowing which took place last Saturday, following the onset of the rainy season, focused on a strain of the crop which will be resistant to insects. Drought-tolerant strains will be planted during the cool, dry season when there is virtually no rainfall at all in Gaza Province.

An IIAM researcher with the WEMA, Pedro Fato, said if the trial yielded positive results, it would be good news for Mozambican farmers. “This will be added value for our farmers who are greatly in need of new technologies for production and productivity, to keep up with the new dynamics imposed by climate change,” said Fato.

These technologies should cope with drought and insect pests “which have had such a negative impact on crops in Africa, and particularly in Mozambique”, he added.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

MOZAMBIQUE TESTING GENETICALLY-MODIFIED MAIZE FOR DROUGHT, PEST-RESISTANT STRAIN

MAPUTO, The Mozambican authorities are testing genetically modified maize in the Chokwe Agricultural Station, in the southern province of Gaza, in order to identify a strain of maize suited to Mozambique’s agro-ecological conditions and which is drought-tolerant and insect pest-resistant.

According to a report in the Beira daily newspaper, Diario de Mocambique, the first sowing of this trial maize, imported from the United States, took place in Chokwe on Saturday, in the experimental field run by the Mozambican Agricultural Research Institute (IIAM) as part of Programme WEMA (Water-Efficient Maize for Africa).

WEMA involves researchers from the IIAM, Tanzania, the Republic of Africa, Kenya and Uganda. The Chokwe experimental field was established recently by the IIAM specifically for trials of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).

Maize has been chosen for the initial research, and results are expected within three years. The sowing which took place last Saturday, following the onset of the rainy season, focused on a strain of the crop which will be resistant to insects. Drought-tolerant strains will be planted during the cool, dry season when there is virtually no rainfall at all in Gaza Province.

An IIAM researcher with the WEMA, Pedro Fato, said if the trial yielded positive results, it would be good news for Mozambican farmers. “This will be added value for our farmers who are greatly in need of new technologies for production and productivity, to keep up with the new dynamics imposed by climate change,” said Fato.

These technologies should cope with drought and insect pests “which have had such a negative impact on crops in Africa, and particularly in Mozambique”, he added.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK