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October 16th, 2017 / Premium Times, Nigeria

Despite the criticism that has trailed the used of Genetically Modified Organisms, GMOs, Nigeria’s bio-safety chief has defended the use of such crops.

Rufus Egbegba, who heads the National Bio-safety Management Agency, NBMA, said GMOs are the same conventional crops but improved versions for the purpose of sustainability and improved yields.

Rufus Egbegba, the Director-General of the agency stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Abuja.

He, however, did not speak on the various health and environmental demerits associated with GMOs.
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. Read more