GMO technology stigmatized in Nigeria – OFAB Country Coordinator



 Dr Rose Gidadi, the country coordinator, Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB) in Africa says the Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) technology has been stigmatized greatly in Nigeria.

Gidado spoke in Abuja on when she led a team on a courtesy call to the Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Mr Buki Ponle.

She noted with sadness that anti – GMO organizations had even taken her members and partners to court painting negative pictures on consumption of GM foods.

According to her, GMO technology will enable Nigeria to attain the desired as crops will be resistant to pest and insects while far yields and profits will be recorded farmers.

Gidado called for partnership with the media in of the Nigerian masses on the benefits of GM crops.

She mentioned countries including Brazil and India as those who had achieved through the adoption of GMO technology in agriculture.

Gidado asserted that OFAB viewed NAN as a strategic partner in educating Nigerians on mass adoption of GMO technology.

“Information is vital to make this technology a success,” she said.

In his speech, the Managing Director of NAN, Ponle said the Agency was willing to partner with organizations especially those in a critical sector like Agriculture.

The Managing Director who was represented the Editor In Chief, Mr Silas Nwoha, assured OFAB of NAN’ support in of Nigerians on the need to adopt GMO technology.

Ponle who listed the various news products of NAN said they would be made available to OFAB to enhance its mandate and efforts in Nigeria.

Representatives from NAFDAC, African Agricultural Technology Foundation, National Agricultural Seed Council of Nigeria, Sheda Science and Technology Centre, Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria, and National Biotechnology Development Agency were on the team. (NAN)