‘Poor bio-safety laws ham­per­ing GM foods in Nigeria’

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Zakariyya Adaramola

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.

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