Friday 13th December 2019
Friday, 13th of December 2019
Home / Tag Archives: Biosafety (page 4)

Tag Archives: Biosafety

Global Prolife Alliance: Why Nigeria must not adopt GMOs


In a response to recent submission by officials of Monsanto, Philip Njemanze, Chair of the Global Prolife Alliance (GPA) frowns at the idea of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and lists 10 reasons why Nigeria must not embrace it We at the Global Prolife Alliance (GPA) as leading health, legal and environmental experts along with other environmental stakeholders like the Health ...

Read More »

No GM food grown in Nigeria, says government


Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed, has called on Nigerians not to panic over the issue of Genetically Modified Organism (GMO). She said on Monday in a statement that, presently, no GMOs are officially grown in the country. “What we have approval are for field trials. All the GMOs in Nigeria officially approved are under experimental fields; the insect resistant cotton ...

Read More »

Biosafety law not compliant with UN biodiversity pact, says group

Rufus Ebegba

The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) Act 2015 is not compliant with the Cartagena Protocol to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, the Global Prolife Alliance (GPA) has said. The Owerri, Imo state-based group made the submission against the backdrop of its opposition to the NBMA’s issuance of permits for the development of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the ...

Read More »

On Monsanto’s claims that GMOs are safe


We have read with interest Monsanto’s defence of NBMA in its response to Premium Time’s report highlighting NBMA’s surreptitious granting of permits to them to bring their GMOs and glyphosate into Nigeria. We restate here that Monsanto’s applications were approved without due diligence and that the law setting up NBMA is extremely flawed in that it gives individuals in the agency the latitude ...

Read More »

African decision makers to get biosafety training

Godfrey Okoye University

The African Biosafety Network of Expertise (ABNE), an Agency of the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) and Nigeria’s Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu will hold a training programme for African policy and decision-makers on Biosafety, in collaboration with the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) and the Michigan State University, East Lansing, USA. According to a Concept Note developed by the ...

Read More »

GMOs: Nigeria not dumping ground for risky technologies

We are at crossroads in the struggle for sustainable agriculture, safe foods, biosafety and biosecurity. Navigating this intersection and assuring Nigerians that their concerns are not pushed out of view by profit-driven biotech transnational corporations and their agents can only be achieved through a broad movement of vigilant Nigerians, and Africans at large. The coming together of faith based organisations, ...

Read More »

Africa planted millions of hectares of GM crops in 2015 – ISAAA

Dr. Margaret Karembu

The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) has said that, during the last year, African farmers planted a total of 3.5 million hectares of Biotech/GM Crops. This was also during the 20th year of global GM crops commercialisation. Director of the Afri-Centre of ISAAA, Dr. Margaret Karembu, who presented Africa’s report during the launch of the 2015 Annual ...

Read More »

Biotechnology: Be open, transparent, Mohammed advises agencies


Minister of Environment, Amina J. Mohammed, has said that Nigeria is ready to deploy biotechnology to boost the nation’s economy. She told media executives at the close of a courtesy visit to her office in Abuja on Tuesday by a delegation of the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB) in Africa Programming Committee (PC) that Nigeria is blessed with experts ...

Read More »

Why GM cotton will benefit sector, by textile makers


The Nigerian Textile Manufacturers Association (NTMA) has expressed its support for ‎the environmental release and commercialisation of genetically modified Bt Cotton for Nigerian farmers. The GM cotton is said to be resistant to pests’ invasion. A position paper signed by the NTMA Acting Director-General, Hamma Kwajaffa, noted that while the Nigerian textile industry is a strategic non-oil sector and the largest ...

Read More »

Groups oppose Monsanto’s GM maize, cotton proposal


About 100 groups representing some five million Nigerians, comprising farmers, faith-based organisations, civil society groups, students and local community groups, have lodged an opposition to Monsanto’s attempts to introduce genetically modified (GM) cotton and maize into Nigeria’s food and farming systems. In written objections submitted to the biosafety regulators, the groups have cited numerous health and environmental concerns and alleged ...

Read More »