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October 12th, 2017 / Vanguard, Nigeria

The National Bio-safety Management Agency (NBMA) says Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are the same conventional crops but improved versions for the purpose of sustainability and improved yields

Dr Rufus Egbegba, the Director-General of the agency made the clarification in an interview on Monday in Abuja. According to him, GMOs are not new crops invented by scientists but the same conventional crops that are improved on to tackle persistent issues such as shortage of food and insect infestation on crops.

“Genetically modified organisms are not different from their conventional counterparts. “The difference is that, for instance like sugarcane, if you can discover what makes sugarcane to be sweet, you can sequence it. “Pick that particular gene, the material of inheritance of the sugarcane and it you put it into plantain, the plantain will have the sweetness of sugarcane. “You can even put it into orange and it will have the same sweetness.” Read more