By Bright Bassey
The National Biotechnology Development Agency, NABDA has said that on or before 2019, genetically modified beans will be released into the Nigerian market in commercial quantities.
Professor Lucy Ogbadu, Director General, NABDA said this at the November edition of the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology, OFAB in Abuja on Wednesday.
Prof Ogbadu said the product is currently undergoing field trials and would be released into the market in two to three years’ time in commercial quantities.
“Rules are being followed in its production. Our Ethical Committee is working day and night to ensure that no rule is breached. Nigerians should be rest assured that the GM beans and other crops which will be available later in the country would be safe for consumption. In 2-3 years’ time, cowpea should be ready in commercial quantity in the country”, the Prof said.
She dismissed “the insinuation” that genetically modified foods are unhealthy, adding it’s safe for consumption and do not pose any health risks.
“Over 100 Nobel Laureates had signed a petition to guarantee its safety,” she said.