Nigerian Agriculture Minister urges faster acceptance of biotechnology in Africa

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Akinwumi Adesina, has called for an accelerated pace in Africa’s use of biotechnology, through the institution of appropriate biosafety regulations.

Mr. Adesina, who delivered the breakfast keynote address during the ongoing World Food Prize lecture series at the Marriott Hotel, Des Moines, Iowa, USA, also said that feeding the world with more nutritious food, while depending less on chemicals was important.

“Through biotechnology, bio fortified crops such as orange flesh, sweet potatoes, pro-vitamin A cassava and drought tolerant maize now hold great promise for feeding Africa,” Mr. Adesina said. “Africa must not miss out on the gene revolution.”

Read the full, original story here: “Nigeria Agriculture Minister Advocates Accelerated Use of Biotechnology in African Agriculture”

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