‘Biosafety law key to agricultural advancement’
The passage of the national biosafety bill into law is important for Nigeria to move forward with its agricultural programmes and innovations, Head National Biosaftey Office, Ministry of Environment, Raheef Ademola Usman has said.
The national biosafety law is intended to ensure safe application of modern biotechnology and the use of Genetic Modified (GM) organisms.
Usman stated this while fielding questions from newsmen at the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) annual review and planning meeting of the Pod borer resistant cowpea project in Accra, Ghana recently.
He said without the law, farmers in the country will not be able to benefit from genetic modification technology, nor move forward with the BT Cowpea project currently being handled by the Institute of Agricultural Research , Ahmadu Bello University Zaria in partnership with AATF.
Usman said it was now almost 10 years since the processes for the passage of the bill began and hopes it will be passed soon saying Nigeria is part of the global community and that whatever was good for them was also good for the country.