Benue farm­ers to ac­cept mod­i­fied crops if...

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Hope Abah, Makurdi

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.

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