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Biosafety agency endorses guidelines on genetically modified food, feed

NBMA validation meeting

The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) has endorsed the national guidelines on Genetically Modified (GM) food and feed to repose the confidence of the people on the products. Participants at the validation meeting Dr Rufus Ebegba, NBMA’s Director-General, at a stakeholders review and validation meeting on GM food and feed in Abuja on Friday, July 9, 2021, said that the ...

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Coalition clamours GMOs ban, repeal of biosafety law


State governors have been called upon to ban genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and effect a repeal of the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) Act which came into force in 2015 and was reviewed in 2019. Philip Jakpor and colleagues at the Lagos campaign In a petition submitted to governors of no fewer than 10 states on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, ...

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Promoters harvest genetically modified maize variety, claim it ‘yields better’

Tela Maize

Results from the third confined field trial of the Tela maize project ongoing at the Institute for Agricultural Research has shown that the variety produce more tonnage per hectare than all existing maize variety in Nigeria. Female farmers with the Tela Maize farm manager, Dr Oyekunle, displaying the harvested Tela Maize Prof. Rabiu Adamu, the Tela Maize Principal Investigator, said ...

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Tanzania cancels GMO trials again

Prof Adolf Mkenda

Newly appointed Tanzania Agricultural Minister, Prof Adolf Mkenda, has announced the cancellation of research trials involving genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the country and the decision to put in place extra biosafety scrutiny of imported genetically modified (GM) seed. Tanzania Agricultural Minister, Prof Adolf Mkenda According to the minister, the decision was taken in order to conserve the country’s genetic resources and ...

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Boosting food security in Africa via adoption of genetically modified crops


In a 2012 article published by the United Nations University, titled: “Are Transgenic Crops Safe? GM Agriculture in Africa’’, the anchor man, Dr Ademola Adenle, stressed the need for African countries to embrace Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) to boost food production. GMOs Adenle listed increased crop yields, higher farm income, good health and environment, as benefits associated with GM crops. ...

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Legal practitioners advise on GMOs, biosafety regulation

Lawyers on biosafety

“Biosafety entails protecting the ecosystem and human health from harmful incidents. This is achievable through dependable biosafety laws and regulations. Where biosafety regulations are strong, biodiversity is sure and food systems are secured.” Panelists speaking on “GMOs and their implications for Nigeria” at the Health of Mother Earth Foundation’s “Round Table with Lawyers on GMOs and Biosafety in Nigeria” These ...

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Experts highlight genetic engineering threats to food systems

HOMEF Biosafety Media Training

A group of experts who spoke at a recent gathering has expressed reservations over the dangers posed by the genetic engineering to food safety. Participants at the Biosafety Media Training At a Media Training on Biosafety held physically and virtually on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State courtesy of the Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), a ...

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Nigeria begins nationwide demonstrations of genetically modified cowpea


The Institute for Agricultural Research, Ahmadu Bello University (IAR/ABU) Zaria and the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) have concluded arrangements for nationwide on-farm demonstrations to raise farmer awareness on the new genetically modified Pod Borer Resistant cowpea variety, commercialised as SAMPEA-20-T. Cowpea The demonstration trials will be managed solely by farmers on their plots and supervised by government extension agents ...

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Groups warn against release of genetically engineered mosquitoes in Nigeria

GM mosquitoes

Over 75 civil society organisations from Nigeria, Africa and other countries in the world have condemned moves to open the way for the release of genetically modified mosquitoes in Nigeria. Organisations from all over the world have warned Nigerian officials not to open the way for the release of genetically modified mosquitoes in the country On Friday June 6, 2020 ...

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Concern over plans to release genetically modified chestnuts trees into natural forests

Chestnuts trees

Researchers are currently seeking approval to release fertile, genetically engineered American chestnuts into natural forests. Chestnuts trees While scientists envision a future of forests filled with genetically modified trees on one hand, some observers, on the other hand, however fear that approving the plan would set “a disastrous precedent”. The observers, who are basically activists, insist that it is erroneous ...

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