‘Biosafety law key to agri­cul­tural ad­vance­ment’

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ojoma Akor

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.

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