African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) on [December 16] expressed displeasure over lack of knowledge of Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) among …. African Sub-region farmers.
The Foundation’s Regional Director, Dr Issouhou Abdurhamane, made the observation when he led a team to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) forum to sensitize Nigerians on Genetically Modified Organism (GMO).
AATF, a non-profit organization based in Nairobi, Kenya, is designed to facilitate and promote public, private partnerships for access and delivery of appropriate agricultural technologies for use by resource-poor smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa.
According [to] Abdurhamane, African farmers and Africa Sub-region were yet to apprehend the scientifically developed technology which could go a long way to boost agriculture in [the areas] of livestock production, animal feeds, and food crops.
[T]he AATF official assured that with the adoption of GMO in agricultural practices in Africa, there would be bountiful increase in the sector. He, however, condemned the belief that GMO was harmful and capable of causing diseases including cancer. “This is one of the problems itself because there are many people who don’t want to see biotechnology development in Africa, especially the use of GMOs.”
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