We'll help President Buhari ensure food security –Farmers

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The All Farmers Association of Nigeria has assured President Muhammadu Buhari of its readiness to work with his government to ensure that Nigerians have food security.

In a statement made available to our correspondent in Abuja on Tuesday, the association also lauded former President Goodluck Jonathan for signing the Nigerian Biosafety Bill into law.

It also called on the Ministry of Environment to ensure proper implementation of the law so that the nation could benefit from the application of biotechnology in the development of the agricultural sector.

AFAN stated, “We pledge to work with the government in fulfilling its campaign manifesto, which envisions embracing modern technological tools to solve farming problems. This, will in effect, ensure that Nigeria is food secure and globally competitive.

“We wish to extend our sincere congratulations to Dr. Goodluck Jonathan for signing the Nigerian Biosafety Bill into law. By enacting the biosafety law, we see an opportunity for us to widen our choices in the range of agricultural tools provided by biotechnology research. We enthusiastically look forward to joining our counterparts from Africa, Asia and, indeed, other countries in the world who have been provided such choices.”

It added, “We are pleased that our country is on course in the application of biotechnology research, with the potential to substantially increase yields, create more jobs for our young people and contribute to environment preservation, thus enabling the Nigerian farmer to efficiently make contribution to food security.

“It is our hope that we shall now grow various crops of interest currently undergoing research, including the insect resistant cowpea, the disease resistant cassava, rice and the nutritionally enhanced sorghum.”


Source: Punch
 
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