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AFSTA would like to welcome the new members have joined AFSTA, They Include: -Ordinary members *ECOBasic seeds Co. Ltd – Nigeria *Premier Seed Nigeria *Export Trading Group (ETG) – Kenya *Seed Association of Nigeria (SEEDAN) -Associate members: *Suba Seeds – Italy *Sasakawa African Association – Ethiopia * Lidea – France *TASAI Inc. – USA AFSTA […]
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Africa Vegetable Breeding Consortium (AVBC)

Africa Vegetable Breeding Consortium (AVBC) Overview: Seed companies in Africa continue to rely on public domain open-pollinated varieties for example in Eastern and Southern Africa of tomato and chili such as Tanya and Tengeru-97 tomatoes that were introduced by the World Vegetable Center in the late 1990s. While the vegetable seed sector in Africa is […]
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AFSTA Congress 2023 Online Registration Open!!!!

We are pleased to inform you that the online registration for the AFSTA Congress 2023 is now open . To register for Early Bird Discounted rates, please visit AFSTA website and click on the AFSTA Congress 2023 logo, which will redirect you to the various links on registration including the Online form. Once you finalize […]
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What is Gene Editing

Gene editing is a new tool in the plant breeding toolbox. Plant breeding is a collection of scientific disciplines. It involves many different tools all used to develop plants that meet the needs of farmers and the needs of a changing world. These tools provide solutions to global challenges by developing improved varieties that are […]
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Kenya publishes guidelines specific to gene editing

“Genome editing technology has been identified as a potential new option to augment existing interventions in pursuance of achieving the African Union Agenda 2063 and it is expected that proposed applications for genome editing technology for basic research, conservation, agriculture, public health and other purposes will likely continue to expand as genome editing tools become more refined. “ […]
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GMOs now legal in Kenya after cabinet lifts ban

Plant scientists have today welcomed the lifting of the ban on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in Kenya terming in a breakthrough for commerce. According to Dr Mwimali Murenga of KALRO, the move will definitely translate into commercialization of plant biotechnology crop products such as maize and cassava. He added that scholars have something to celebrate […]
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