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Monday, November 15, 2021

Genetic Improvements Are Carried Out By Experts-- ARCN

By Ada Achanya

An expert, Prof. Garba Sharubutu has said genetic improvement are carried out by experts because of doubts people have in the research system.

He said genetic improvements has its roots in something that is very serious, capital intensive and needs more of experts and professional bodies that will be able to take away this doubts that they have in the research system and user department and this user department are farmers and consumers.

Prof. Sharubutu who is the Executive Secretary of Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria and also the chairman of the occasion started this at the fifth edition of the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology media award in Abuja.

He said the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria was established with the primary responsibility of improving the genetic method of indigenous crops.

When this improvements are been done, they are not ready for market until they are subjected to serious analysis in terms of their effects on the environment, human beings and animals through the various quality assurance regulatory bodies before been released for consumption.

The Executive Secretary said biotechnology is simply the interpretation of laws for the purpose of improving the general well being of crops.

Speaking at the event, the Director General of National Biotechnology Development Agency Prof Abdullahi Mustapha said the genetically modified maize would get to Nigerian farmers in eighteen month.

According to him, the maize variety has already been regulated by the National Biosafety Management Agency, meaning the genes of inserted was certified safe by the agency.

The DG noted that the next phase of commercialization was very crucial to the success already recorded adding that failure to get farmers would signify failure to the whole process involved.

Mustapha applauded the repaid transformation of the agricultural biotechnology sector in Nigeria undergoing the progress made in cotton and cowpea.

He maintained that the Federal Government fully recognized agricultural biotechnology as one of the pillars that would make meaningful contributions to food security in Nigeria.

Also at the event, the Country Coordinator of Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology Nigeria chapter Dr. Rose Gidado said that Scientists and Researchers were making progress in the deployment of Agricultural biotechnology in country.

But some armed - chair critics who see nothing good in the efforts of our scientists whom in view of limited funding and most vital facilities are making progress breaking new grounds.

" Unfortunately some of the media have provided space to those ant- technologist who are interested in seeing Nigeria importing everything rather than support our scientists to produce such crops in the country Gidado said.

Dr. Rose made it known that the media award was an annual event organized by the African Agricultural Technology Foundation AATF for OFAB in seven African countries.

She mentioned the seven countries which are Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda and Tanzania.

The award which was in it's fifth year was aimed at recognizing and rewarding exemplary journalist that stimulate best practices in adoption of agricultural technologies especially agricultural biotechnology she said.

The keynote presentation was on " The Media As A Tool For Building a Food Secured Nigeria", delivered by Mr Martins Oloja Managing Director of Guardian Newspaper.

Hadiza Mohammed of NTA Kano tool the first position on the Television category and emerged over all winner while Collins Nnabuife of Tribune Newspaper took the first position in the print category.

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