Benue farmers to accept modified crops if...
Farmers in Benue State have said that they are willing to embrace the cultivation and consumption of Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) crops if the bio safety bill is signed into law by President Goodluck Jonathan.
State chairman of the All Farmers Association, Aondona Hembe Kula, told Daily Trust in Makurdi that farmers are eagerly waiting for the adoption of the law so that they can improve on their farming technology.
“We have been educated on GM products, that they are healthier to consume than those produced through the conventional method. We are looking forward to the signing of the bill into law to enhance our farm produce. We are set to embrace it wholeheartedly,” he said.
Kula noted that the average farmer wants an improvement that is less stressful, enhance quality health and generate more income.
He therefore called on relevant government agencies to ensure that farmers get the needed support to key into the technology which in his estimation would boost the capacity of over three million farmers in the state to feed not only Nigeria but Africa as a whole.