Nigeria expresses readiness to embrace agricultural technology

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 Dr Akinwumi Adesina, the Minister Agriculture and Rural Development  Nigeria is ready to embrace agricultural biotechnology.
He said this on Friday in Iowa at a World News Conference organised by the World Food Prize (WFPF).
He advocated for an accelerated pace for the biotechnology, while calling for appropriate bio-safety regulations.
“Life is all about balancing the risk and we should not be afraid science.
“The issue of food insecurity we are grappling today in can be overcome by science.”
Adesina said that through biotechnology, bio-fortified crops such as orange, sweet potatoes, Pro-Vitamin A cassava and drought tolerant maize now hold great promise for feeding the continent.
He explained that the U.S. transformed its agriculture by linking and development, private sector and farmers thereby turning the into the largest producer and exporter of agricultural commodities.
He argued that could also achieve this, adding that 60 per cent of all the available uncultivated arable land in the world was in the continent.
Adesina stressed that there was a energy and dynamism across the continent that could be seen in an emerging middle class, improved governance and a heightened interest by foreign investors.
He however said that the continent was grappling food insecurity and malnutrition.
“For decades, had looked at agriculture through the wrong lenses, seeing agriculture as a development programme, and run by governments.
“We see challenges, we see and we devise solutions for managing ; cannot be the comparative advantage of Africa,” He said.
He observed that biotechnology could create accelerated opportunities for millions of farmers to connect to markets, private agribusiness as well as propel them of into wealth.