The director general/chief executive officer of the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) Dr Rufus Ebegba has insisted that the adoption of safe modern biotechnology products would guarantee food security and mitigate the impact of COVID-19 pandemic.
He stated this yesterday during a webinar series on ‘COVID-19: Effects on Food Security and the Use of Genetically Modified Products Towards Food Sustainability’.
Ebegba noted that safe modern biotechnology tools have been used to produce crops that would aid farmers and boost food production adding that Nigerians should embrace laid down government policies on food production as NBMA would ensure that farmers use safe seeds that have been approved for cultivation.
He stated that biosafety compliance is essential on the use of modern biotechnology tools, emphasising that the federal government’s effort in establishing NBMA was meant to boost food production and ensure food security.
According to him, “We have been able to assure Nigerians that Genetically Modified (GM) products will be tested for safety, right from the developing stage before it goes into the market as the agency has consistently carried out risk assessment to ensure that these products are safe”.
Ebegba assured Nigerians that the NBMA is not resting on its oars in ensuring that products are safe for human consumption and the environment adding that the agency is working assiduously to enable farmers acquire safe seedlings for planting.
“There are safety valves already in place and we will not work in isolation with the international community in the adoption of safe technologies that can be used to address our socio-economic improvement in the country”, he added.
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