Nigeria to commercialise GMOs in 2015
Genetically modified crops for food use will become available for sale and planting in Nigeria in 2015, newswire AllAfrica reports. Minister of Science and Technology Professor Ita Ewa reportedly told an International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) conference that the country would commercialise GM crops in 2015. He added that the biosafety bill passed by the National Assembly on June 1st 2011 (Agrow No 618, p 25) would "soon" be signed by President Goodluck Jonathan. Professor Ewa claimed that GM crops had contributed to food security and sustainability by increasing world crop production between 1996 and 2011. "Sudan joined South Africa, Burkina Faso and Egypt, to bring the number of African countries commercialising biotech crops to four. Five countries: Cameroon, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria and Uganda, conducted field trials of biotech crops, the penultimate step prior to approval for commercialisation," he noted.