AS PART of efforts to promote in-country capacity in the application and regulation of Genetically Modified Organisms,GMOs, in Nigeria, the national B i o t e c h n o l o g y Development Agency ,NABDA, had organised a four-day training workshop for the Agricultural officers of the national Agricultural Seed Council of Nigeria, at the NABDA Headquarters in Abuja. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the event, the Director-General, NABDA, Prof (Mrs.) Lucy Jumeyi Ogbadu stated that the training is a key strategy to ensure that major stakeholders and potential users and handlers of GMOs technology like the officers of the national seed Council receive hands-on training on GM crops and scientific techniques of detecting GMOs. The NABDA Boss stressed that GM foods and non-GM foods cannot be detected by merely looking at their physical appearance and properties. “All the crops, look alike and only specialized scientific detection methods proffered by the training can be used to differentiate GMOs from Non-GMOs,” she said. Ogbadu, added that NABDA’s role as a Biotechnology promotion  is to ensure that the technology of GMOs is  adequately and effectively communicated to all stakeholders demystify the technology, allay unfounded fears and maintain responsible practice that ensures that Nigeria reaps the enormous benefits of agricultural biotechnology. In his response, representative of DG, National Agricultural Seed council, Mr Omole Joseph, director, seed Coordination and management services, reiterated the need for the training on GM detection as crucial in equipping the agricultural officers with relevant competences required to make appropriate input to the regulation processes within the purview of the National agricultural seed Council

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