Author Archives: Abu Umaru

20 Years of Success – Global status of commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2015 (ISAAA)

Today, the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) released its annual report detailing the adoption of biotech crops, “20th Anniversary of the Global Commercialization of Biotech Crops (1996-2015) and Biotech Crop Highlights in 2015,” showcasing the global … Continue reading

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Biotechnology: ‘Don’t make restrictive bill’

A principal state attorney in the ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs has called for flexibility in the drafting of the National Biotechnology & Biosafety Bill 2012. The bill that has already been tabled in Parliament is still under scrutiny, … Continue reading

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Minister seeks more research, transparency on biotechnology

The Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed, has called for more research, transparency and openness, as Nigeria ventures into commercial biotechnology. Amina, who answered journalists’ questions on concerns raised by anti-GMOs on Nigeria’s venture into biotechnology, yesterday noted that the National … Continue reading

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Expert Groups across Nigeria Slam Monsanto over Plans to Introduce GM Crops

One hundred groups representing over five million Nigerians, comprising of farmers, faith-based organisations, civil society groups, students and local community groups, are vehemently opposing Monsanto’s attempts to introduce genetically modified (GM) cotton and maize into Nigeria’s food and farming systems. … Continue reading

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Nigeria needs seed revolution – Ogbeh

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, says Nigeria needs a seed industry revolution to close the supply-demand gap of about 231,000 metric tonnes. Chief Ogbeh spoke yesterday in Abuja at the workshop on developing a rapid action … Continue reading

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Modern Biotechnology ‘ll Trigger Agric Revolution – NBMA DG

The director-general of the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Mr Rufus Ebegba, has said that the safe application of modern biotechnology will trigger agricultural revolution in Nigeria.Ebegba stated this yesterday when he paid a courtesy visit on the management of … Continue reading

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GM cotton to provide 500,000 jobs – Textile manufacturers

More than 500,000 Nigerians would be employed in the textile industry when the Genetically Modified cotton is finally released into the market, Nigerian Textile Manufacturers Association has said.  The acting Director General of the group, Hamma Kwajaffa, said in a … Continue reading

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Why we are supporting Bt Cotton in Nigeria – Textile manufacturers

Members of the Nigerian Textile Manufacturers Association have thrown their weights behind the application of Monsanto agriculture before the National Biosafety Management Agency for the consideration of Environmental release and placing in market of genetically modified insect-protected (Bt) cotton in … Continue reading

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Calestous Juma: GM is an important tool..

“In 30 years we’ll have a population of nine billion people to feed and that will increase demand for the quantity and diversity of the food that we need – that’s why we have to consider GM as one of … Continue reading

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Pamela Ronald: Humans have modified crops for thousands of years

“Everything we eat has been genetically improved or modified in some manner: 8,000 to 10,000 years ago our ancestors took corn mutants and crossed these to develop different types of corn varieties so they could harvest them better.” The ancient … Continue reading

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