Nigeria to apply Biotechnology for Food security

Chioma Eche, Abuja

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The Minister of Science and Technology Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu

The Nigerian Government is working hard to apply Genetic Engineering and Bio- Technology, to ensure food safety and security.

The Minister of Science and Technology Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu said this while declaring open a workshop on ‘Basic Laboratory Training on Living Modified Organisms detection and Identification’ in Abuja, Nigeria.

Dr. Onu said that the Nigerian Government has recognised the immense importance of Genetic Engineering and Bio-Technology to the progress of the nation, stressing that it would boost local production of food and commodities and minimise the need for continuous importation in Nigeria.

 “The Federal Ministry of Science and Technology will continue to support the National Biotechnology Development Agency, NABDA, in carrying out this very important mandate to help our country not only in the area of agriculture but also to protect our environment and in ensuring the desire to industrialise our nation,” he explained.

Dr. Onu commended the conference saying that it is a welcome development and also  noted the presence of credible scientists from about 21 countries.

According to him, their contribution would go a long way in bridging the knowledge gap in genetic engineering and bio-technology.

The Minister expressed utmost confidence in the purpose of the workshop, to aid in the furtherance of knowledge which would be of immense benefit to the entire human race.

The Acting Director-General of the National Biotechnology Development Agency, Professor Alex Akpa said Nigeria had embraced bio-Technology and genetic engineering, for better improvement in crops and animal production.

“We have made significant investments in modern Bio-Technology to assist in deepening awareness of the Technology and its impact on national growth and development,” he added.

The Representative of the Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Mr. Austein McLoughlin said close cooperation with developing nations would be sustained to identify the importance of living modified organisms in the country.

 

Mercy Chukwudiebere