Nigeria is ripe for Genetically Modified (GM) food – MOHAMMED KANDI; Peoples Daily.

Nigeria is ripe for Genetically Modified (GM) food – MOHAMMED KANDI; People’s Daily.

Genetically modified foodFor every laudable evolutionary agricultural discovery in Africa and the globe, Nigeria has either missed out of the pudding completely, or takes a queue from behind, a decision many agriculturalists have found appalling and a setback for national development. Recently, Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, announced that the country has finally resolved to join the rest of the world to start harnessing bio-technology. He said Nigeria will increase its food production with the use of Genetically Modified (GM) crops. Most analysts believe the decision is belated given that not a few African countries had already started benefiting a great deal from bio-technology driven farming system or GM crops for over a decade now. The minister said, “A regulatory system will be put in place to adequately test the technology. But then, the bio-safety act that passed by the Senate is yet to be signed into law by President Jonathan. Further, he assured that, “When the bill is eventually signed into law, it will also play a significant role.” Considering the positive impact of GM crops on some farming communities around the world, Adesina’s proclamation on it ignited ‘mix-grill’ reactions among stakeholders in the agricultural sector just as issues of GM food had done around the world.

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