Minister for Science and Technology Ogbonnaya Onu says the country is intensifying efforts at using genetic engineering technology to ensure food security in the country.
He is positive this will help cut down on food imports.
One of the newly introduced technologies for food production in Nigeria is genetic modification.
The country’s science and technology authorities feel modern day challenges in agriculture, raw materials production and even medication require more advanced techniques.
The BT Cotton and BT Cowpea are two genetically engineering crop varieties already approved for commercial and environmental release respectively.
The technology’s promoters share thoughts on the potential benefits for the agricultural sector.
Nigeria is a regional leader in the deployment of the genetic engineering technology and the science and technology authorities feels this demonstrates the country’s support for innovative Science.