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.”
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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