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Strengthening capacity key to economic development, says Ebegba

Dr Rufus Ebegba

Director General/Chief Executive Officer of the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Dr Rufus Ebegba, has said that Africa does not lack capacity but the need to strengthen its capacity is very key to the development of the economy. Dr Rufus Ebegba The DG/CEO made this assertion when he received participants of the ICGEB/NABDA/NBMA/SCBD GMO detection training in his office on ...

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GMO products we approved safe for consumption – Biosafety agency

Dr Rufus Ebegba

Director-General, National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Dr Rufus Ebegba, has assured Nigerians of safe consumption of approved Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in the country. Dr Rufus Ebegba, Director General, National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) Ebegba gave the assurance in an interview with newsmen at a five-day workshop on Basic Laboratory Training on Living Modified Organisms (LMOs) Detection and Identification in ...

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Scientists release GM mosquitoes in Burkina Faso to fight malaria

GM mosquitoes

Scientists in Burkina Faso have deployed a new weapon in the fight against malaria, and waded into a thorny bioethics debate, by letting loose thousands of genetically sterilised mosquitoes. The National Biosafety Agency of Burkina Faso had been under pressure over the planned release of sterile genetically modified male mosquitoes Their experiment is the first outside the lab to release ...

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Food production: NABDA targets 1m yam seedlings in four months

Prof. Felix Akpa

The National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) says it is targeting production of one million yam seedlings in the next four months, using advanced biotechnology to boost food production in the country. Prof. Felix Akpa Prof. Alex Akpa, the Director- General, NABDA, disclosed this in an interview with newsmen at a five-day workshop on Basic Laboratory Training on Living Modified Organisms ...

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How GMOs can boost the Nigerian economy

Genetically modified maize

Despite its advantages, there are still opposition to embracing Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). The opposition is said to be based on a different perception about GMOs. Genetically modified maize Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopaedia defines GMO as “any organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. “The exact definition of a genetically modified organism and what constitutes genetic ...

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How Nigeria advances practice of biotechnology – NABDA


Director-General of National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), Prof. Alex Akpa, says Nigeria has made significant strides in advancing the practice of biotechnology to enhance economic development. Participants at the opening of the workshop on Basic Laboratory Training on Living Modified Organisms (LMOs) Detection and Identification in Abuja Akpa said this at the opening of a five-day workshop on Basic Laboratory ...

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OFAB Ghana decorates journalists for stories on agricultural biotechnology

Ghana award

While the role of the media as information disseminators in fostering development has never been in doubt, the range of media coverage of issues is sometimes a subject of debate. Some people are of the view that media reportage should cover all issues, but others think some issues are best left out of the media domain. The award winners from ...

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NABDA enumerates advantages of Bt Cotton to Nigeria


The National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) has said that Biotech Cotton (Bt cotton) will impact Nigeria’s economy by increasing the growth of Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The GM Bt Cotton is said to have failed in Burkina Faso, with farmers making claims from Monsanto Dr Rose Gidado, the Deputy Director, NABDA, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on ...

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Scientific innovation may turn Australia’s arid land into green pasture

Murdoch University

Millions of hectares of sandy, infertile Australian farmland could benefit from the commercialisation of a South African shrub, allowing farmers to better carry sheep over the summer-autumn period. L-R: Cynthia Motsi from the Agricultural Research Council, Professor Ben-Erik van Wyk from the University of Johannesburg, CEO Dr Shadrack Moephuli and President of Agricultural Research Council and Professor John Howieson from ...

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Why farmers can’t access loans to boost agriculture – NIRSAL


The Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL) says that, despite agriculture loan opportunities, lack of structure along the value chain has remained a major challenge to farmers needing finance. Youths involved in farming. Photo credit: Aliyu Abdulhameed, Managing Director of NIRSAL, made this made known at end of the 2019 Agriculture Summit Africa, organised by Sterling Bank ...

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