Biotechnology is panacea for Africa’s green revolution

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Answering a question on whether Africa really needs [biotechnology], Mrs Shakirat O. Ajenifujah-Solebo, Chief Scientific Officer and Head of the Plant Biotech and Tissue Culture Laboratory of Nigeria’s National Biotechnology Development Agency, said with passion that Africa must embrace agricultural biotechnology or risk being excluded from a major technological revolution.

Some countries in Africa like South Africa, Burkina Faso, Egypt and Sudan have already commercialized Genetically Modified (GM) crops whilst other countries like Nigeria, Uganda, Ghana, Cameroon and Kenya are undergoing Confined Field Trials (CFTs). She explained that with emergence of climate change, crop pests and high production costs, it is urgent that Africa invest in developing agriculture biotechnology if the challenges are to be addressed.

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