‘Poor bio-safety laws hampering GM foods in Nigeria’
Genetically Modified (GM) foods are not on sale in Nigeria yet because there is no law in place to regulate GM practice in the country, Director General of the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) Prof. Lucy Ogbadu has said.
GM foods are products of infusion of two or more different varieties of plants or animals thereby allowing the transfer of characteristics from a certain variety to another.
Speaking at the fourth annual Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology in Abuja at the weekend Prof Ogbadu said GM practice could make agriculture an engine of economic growth in the country.
But she said lack of biosafety law is inhibiting the practice of biotechnology in Nigeria, adding that this may draw back the efforts at ensuring food security.