By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria
Deputy Director, National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), Dr. Gidado Rose has said that Biotech crops can contribute to food security and to alleviate poverty and hunger among nations.
This was expressed during a paper presentation at a Capacity Building Training for Nigerian Journalists on TELA maize reporting held recently in kano.
She said, Biotech Crops can contribute to sustainability and also help with climate change mitigation as adaption.
“Also, Biotechnology can produce more affordable food, feed as fibre which are safe as demonstrated by industrialized countries using the products.”
Dr. Gidado said, the biotech crops will create competitiveness among the farmers which will increase production capacity.
The presenter also said scientists and media professionals must work together in bringing science close to the people.
“Nigerians must know that the way and manner we deploy chemicals on our soil in our farming system is a disaster that is already with us and more will manifest much later if nothing is done to stop it. You modify the corn to make it herbicide tolerant, you take the beans and modify it, as it’s growing, it is producing a chemical that kills pest, so it harms human lives”
The presenter emphasized that it is important to note that we must embrace modern technology for the change to be realized as Africa should learn from European mistakes.