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-----Original Message-----
From: Biotech-Mod4
Sent: 30 June 2009 13:35
To: 'biotech-room4@mailserv.fao.org'
Subject: 78: Re: Experiences with low cost micropropagation

I am Christopher Echereobia, a lecturer at the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Nigeria.

The use of micropropagation techniques as means of increasing planting materials for crops such as cassava and cocoyam has been yielding the fruits at the biotech laboratory of the National Root Crops Research Institute (NRCRI) Umudike, Nigeria. However, this technology should be sustained by training of manpower and other technical support.

Christopher O. Echereobia
Department of Crop Science and Technology
School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology
Federal University of Technology
P.M.B. 1526,
Imo State
echereobia (at) yahoo.com

[In Message 48, Uche Chikezie commended the micropropagation activities of NRCRI aimed at micropropagation and production of disease-resistant varieties of Nigerian staple root crops, cassava, yam, cocoyam etc., using plant biotechnology techniques. Although, she thought that these agricultural biotechnologies had not succeeded fully because few farmers have benefited from the research activities. The importance of strengthening the connection between research in the laboratory/institute and adoption by farmers has been underlined in several messages in the e-mail conference so far. For example, E.M. Muralidharan in Message 43 argued that although there was no dearth of facilities, funds or expertise in biotechnology research in India, it was his opinion that agricultural biotechnology has hardly produced any benefits yet as the research outputs are generally not applied in the field by farmers...Moderator].

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