Nigeria: Why Nigeria Must Join in Global Application of Biotechnology (By

1. Quality seeds production has been achieved employing biotechnologies, said Dr. Joseph Olugbenga Tola Odusanya, Chief Executive Officer of Biocrops Biotechnology Company Limited, a leading research and development company in Nigeria, specialising in plant biotechnology, peri-urban agriculture and novel products development through bioreactors.

2. Thus, it is imperative for Nigeria to embrace the application of Biotechnology, which is “the use of living systems and organisms to develop or make products, or “any technological application that uses biological systems, living organisms, or derivatives thereof, to make or modify products or processes for specific use”, according to UN Convention on Biological Diversity, Art.

3. According to Odusanya, “With the appropriately trained technical and vocational education training (TVET) specialists manning our most critical sectors of agriculture, Nigeria can use biotechnology to the best advantage, providing the world with better quality food and produce, ramping-up its industrial production of agro-allied products, managing its waste by converting them into useful items and finally becoming a credit worthy nation.

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