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October 4th, 2018 / The Guardian, Nigeria

The Federal Government has granted permits for confined field trials on genetically modified maize, rice, cassava, sorghum and cowpea to ascertain ability to resist insect attack in the country.

Country Coordinator of Open Forum on Agriculture Biotechnology (OFAB), Dr. Rose Gidado, told The Guardian that the permits were granted after in-depth risk assessment, socio-economic considerations, environmental costs, and benefits as well as safety of Nigerians.

Gidado said that with biosafety regulation in place, genetically modified crops are as safe as their traditional counterparts.She said technology would be needed to solve a number of social, economic, technical challenges. “The emergence of modern technology has raised so many issues and controversies on the safety of the crops to human and animal health, and future agriculture in the world.” Read more