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NGO want Genetically Modified Organism ban

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By Our Correspondent

Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), women and farmers associations in Katsina State, have urged the Federal Government not to allow Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) into the country.

This was contained in a letter, which Mrs Gloria Okon, submitted to the Special Adviser to Gov Aminu Masari on Agriculture, Dr Abba Abdullahi, on behalf of the organisations on Thursday in Katsina.

Other associations were Women and Children Life Advancement Initiative (WACLAI), Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) and Cotton Producers and Merchants Association of Nigeria, among others.

GMOs are products of genetic engineering, which is a technology that allows scientists to create plants, animals and micro-organisms by manipulating genes at the cellular level not to bear natural processes.

“We demand a nullification of permit, said to have been issued for the importation of genetically modified maize, beans and cotton into the country.

“We also urged the government to ban toxic agrochemicals in country’s markets.

“Majority of Nigerians are not aware of these GMOs in our food system, and the toxic chemicals that some of them are engineered to withstand while killing everything else.

“Many of Nigerians are not aware of implications of such things on humans, environmental health, and on the livelihood of small scale farmers,” the letter said.

It called on the government at all levels to continue to support agro-ecology and provide the needed infrastructure, credit scheme and extension services to enable farmers produce food optimally.

Responding, the Special Adviser to the governor on Agriculture, Dr Abba Abdullahi, welcomed their efforts, and promised to forward the letter to the appropriate channels for further action.

Abdullahi also urged the public to report to the government any thing capable of affecting the live of people in the state and the country in general.

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