Nigerian officials warn anti-GMO groups to end campaigns against biotech crops

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National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) has warned activists to stop campaigning against genetically modified crops, describing the act as being anti-modern technology in the country. Speaking to The Guardian, Dr. Rose Gidado of the NABDA, said some well-funded non-governmental organizations were funding the activists to raise false claims that GMOs cause cancer and infertility. She cited Home of Mother Earth Foundation, among those campaigning against GMO crops; Greenpeace, which is against golden rice that is fortified with vitamin A, and Action Aid, which is campaigning against genetically modified banana.

She said: “The situation is not peculiar to Nigeria alone as activists globally, have been rallying support to discredit government agencies, and institutes from introducing genetic modifications to agriculture.”

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She further explained that anti-GMO campaigns were aimed at killing the development and deployment of GMOs, adding that some NGOs were lobbying to stop [Nigeria] from adopting them.

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