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September 27th, 2019 / ISAAA, US

Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology, announced that the Federal Government (FG) of Nigeria is working hard in applying genetic engineering and biotechnology. This is to ensure food safety and security in the country, as it recognizes the importance of both fields in boosting local food production and decreasing the need for continuous importation of food and commodities from other countries.

The announcement was made during a training workshop in Abuja, Nigeria, where scientists from 21 countries were present to participate in a basic laboratory training on living modified organisms detection and identification.

In his declaration, Minister Onu said that the Ministry of Science and Technology will continue to support the National Biotechnology Development Agency, or NABDA. NABDA’s mandate is to promote, coordinate and deploy cutting-edge biotechnology research and development, processes and products for the socio-economic well-being of Nigeria. Through NABDA, the Ministry aims to strengthen Nigeria’s agriculture while at the same time protecting the environment as well as guaranteeing the achievement of rapid industrialization. Read more …