Food Security: National Biosafety Management Agency is the Central Point - Salako
By Adetokunbo FAKEYE
Nigeria - The Honorable Minister of State for Environment, Dr Isiaq Adekunle has stated that the National Biosafety Management Agency, NBMA is very critical to achieving President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s mandate on Food security.
The Honorable Minister of State, who stated this during his round visit to the Agency on Wednesday 11th October, 2023, stated, "the agency is a central point in ensuring the president achieves his mandate on food security especially in the areas of prevention and mitigation of climate disasters which can damage crops and farms and in turn threaten food security".
Dr. Salako, while emphasizing that the agency via the activities of regulating modern biotechnology, can help to develop high-yielding crops, and more disease and drought-resistant crops via the regulatory activities carried out by the agency, added that, based on this the Ministry of Environment is willing and ready to work harmoniously with the agency to support the mandate of the President on food security for the benefit of the nation.
The Minister applauded the agency for the great job being done and for being a trailblazer in biosafety activities in Africa, despite the challenges faced by the agency. He also assured the agency of his unflinching support, especially in the aspect of getting a suitable office space and a better work environment for the agency.
He also encouraged the management staff and team to continually be the best in their various job descriptions so that the Agency will continue to be a leading Agency that other African countries can emulate when it comes to biosafety issues.
The Director-general of the NBMA Dr. Agnes Yemisi Asagbara in her remark stated that the Agency has granted approval for the commercial release of three crops such as cotton, maize, and beans (cowpea) which are very critical crops for the economy.
Dr Asagbra who was represented by the Acting Director, Planning Research and Statistics, Mrs Bello Scholastica said that these crops were granted approvals after critically looking at the safety of the crops to humans, animals, plants, and the environment.
She stated that the Agency also looked at the very important role these crops play in the Nigerian economy and the fact that it will help the farmers with increased yield and better productivity while boosting food production and helping to revamp the textile industry.
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