Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.

 

Genetically modified foods not harmful – Expert

23 February 2013, 15:03

Zaria - A Biotechnology expert, Prof. Mohammed Ishiyaku, says that no research has shown that Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are harmful for consumption.

He stated this on Friday in Zaria at a media training on biotechnology application for journalists, organised by an NGO, Biosciences for Farming in Africa (B4FA).

The  term GMOs is commonly used to refer to crop plants, created for human or animal consumption using the latest molecular biology techniques.

These plants have been modified in the laboratory to enhance desired traits such as increased resistance to herbicides or improved nutritional content.

According to him, genetically modified plants are of immense benefit to humans as they will ensure greater yield.

He said that such plants were nutritious and had the ability to resist diseases and insect attacks as well as the capacity to tolerate harsh weather.

“This technology can help enhance food sufficiency and food security and also help improve farmers’ income.’’

He stressed that there was no need for anyone to entertain fears on plants created from molecular biology techniques.

The B4FA’s six-month fellowship programme for journalists was launched this year.

The programme is aimed at bridging the gap between science and the public by promoting better understanding and dialogue on developments in agriculture and biosciences throughout Africa.

It is also aimed at encouraging dialogue and promoting better understanding of the available options for improving agricultural productivity in Ghana, Tanzania, Nigeria and Uganda.

The intention was also to enhance reportage of science and agriculture-related issues, especially food production challenges.

Tags kaduna
NEXT ON NEWS24 NIGERIAX

Govt to stop dependency on crude oil

27 August 2015, 21:45

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Peregrino Brimah
The successes and excesses in the...

The order to crush Boko Haram by the end of the year is well intended and most appropriate, however it opens up reasons for concern based on history and as has been elucidated in recent reports. Read more...

Submitted by
Peregrino Brimah
Donald Trump slams Obama for givi...

Donald Trump in a latest campaign speech blasted the Obama-led US government for ISIS successfully acquiring 2300 US built armored Humvees from Iraq mid last year when Mosul fell.  Read more...

Submitted by
Peregrino Brimah
Time to sign #RecallNASS petition...

While global oil prices dropped 70%, Nigeria's lawmakers' budget stayed between a whopping N120-150 billion!  Read more...

Submitted by
Hussain Obaro
Tradition of political gambling i...

the people of central district of the confluence state left no one in doubt of their firm desire to always associate and drum support for a single political party in Unison. Read more...

The uncelebrated achievements of ...

One key challenge to the health goals and outcomes of any modern nation is the dreaded killer of women and children in the name of maternal and infant mortality. Read more...

Buhari: A confused anti-corruptio...

The recent media that President Muhammadu Buhari has just set up an anti-corruption committee has clearly shown that this President is bereft of a clear-cut direction on how to fight corruption. Read more...