Views: 263 Ishmael A.Junourgh, Cape Coast, Feb 20, 2020, Thurs. The University of Cape Coast (UCC) has released seven new varieties of cowpea....
Ishmael A.Junourgh, Cape Coast, Feb 20, 2020, Thurs.
The University of Cape Coast (UCC) has released seven new varieties of cowpea.
The varieties, include Asare-Moya, Kum-Zoya, Saka-Buro, Aluba-pole, Yor-Kpitia, UCC-Early, and Aduapa.
The project was sponsored by FAO and ITPGRFA.
According to the Head of Department, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at the School of Biological Sciences, College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences, UCC and the Principal Investigator, the Cowpea Project,
Mr. Aaron Tettey Asare, the project took 13 years research, and it was carried out by the collaborated effort of UCC, as the lead institution, and the Savanna Agricultural Research Institute, the Plant Genetic Research Institute under the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.
He said the project had been under the supervision of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations and the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.
He noted that the project, initially targeted six (6) varieties of cowpeas but In the end, seven varieties were released, and these had proved resistant to the parasitic weed called Striga gesneroides, which is prevailing in the Notthern regions of Ghana, the northerner cultivation areas in this country.
He said some other traits include tolerance to viruses, rush root rot and draught.
Mr Asare said the day profit celebration of long term activity involving both research scientists from the University of Cape Coast and other institutions under the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the international collaborators at the University of Virginia in the US.
He hinted that the release of these varieties was timely and very strategic in response to the government’s planting for food and jobs flagship programme.
Adding that one of the challenges of the flagship programme was the availability of adequate improved seeds and now realised the government should make it available to the farmers.