Nigeria denies importing genetically modified rice


The Federal Government has denied that it imported and flooded Nigeria’s markets with Genetically Modified rice.

The Director-General of the National Biosafety Management Agency, Rufus Ebegba, made the position of government known at a news conference on Wednesday in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that an online news platform had alleged that the Federal Government through a firm had flooded the nation’s market with poisonous GM rice.

Mr. Ebegba said that there was no iota of truth in the report. He noted that no GM rice had either been imported or released officially into the country.

According to him, no such rice has been commercially released anywhere in the world.

He said that the Federal Government had banned the importation of rice and there was no indication that the ban had been lifted.

Mr. Ebegba described the online report as a falsehood and imagination of the writer, who “probably used a fake name.”

He added that the report was intended to cause unnecessary panic and called on Nigerians to disregard it.

The director-general also urged them to join hands with the government to ensure safety in the practice of modern biotechnology in the country in line with global best practices.

He said NBMA was capable of regulating all GMO products in Nigeria and promised that the agency would not compromise on its mandate.


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  • Watch man

    “He said NBMA was capable of regulating all GMO products in Nigeria and promised that the agency would not compromise on its mandate.”

    You do not need to regulate GMO products. You need to ban them; that is what nations of the world are doing now. Genetically engineered products are health hazards. I have been commenting on the hazards of GMO products on this forum and by God’s grace I will always do so, because these glyphosate products are better known as terminator seeds. Monsanto (soon to be bought over by Bayer) is the face of GMO and it is the most hated company in the world according to reports. FG, wake up and do your job of protecting Nigerians. We do not need GMO products in Nigeria.

    • Watch man

      The world is protesting against GMO products at the moment. Hungary has taken a strong stance against GMOs. In fact, the country’s Constitution says:

      “Hungary shall promote the effective application of the right referred to in Paragraph (1) by an agriculture free of genetically modified organisms, by ensuring access to healthy food and drinking water, by organising safety at work and healthcare provision, by supporting sports and regular physical exercise, as well as by ensuring the protection of the environment.”

      In 2011, Hungary burnt 1,000 acres of GMO corn field in a bid to rid the country of GMO products, and they are still doing till today. If Monsanto’s GMO is that good, why would the government of a whole country legislate against GMO?

      Take a look at the headlines in some dailies (see repost below):

      The News Headlines
      1. Brussels threatens to eradicate weed killer sold by Monsanto – CNBC

      2. Recall of Monsanto’s Roundup likely as EU refuses limited use of glyphosate – The Guardian

      3. Monsanto May Suspend Burkina Faso Business After Ban – Bloomberg

      4. Call on Cornwall Council to ban ‘toxic’ pesticides – West Briton

      5. Monsanto Loses Major PCBs Poisoning Lawsuit, Forced To Pay $46 Million To Victims – Mint Press News

      6. Thousands march against GMO giant Monsanto as Bayer takeover looms – RTdotcom

      7. Protesters worldwide slam US-based biotech giant Monsanto – PressTV

      8. Portsmouth joins 2016 Global March against Monsanto – Seacoastonline

      9. Nebraska Farmers Sue Monsanto for Allegedly Giving Them Cancer – Modern Farmer

      10. Slap in the Face for Monsanto: European Parliament Votes to Ban Most Uses of Glyphosate – Global Research

      11. Two-thirds of Europeans support ban on glyphosate, says Yougov poll – The Guardian

      12. Nine Out of 10 Americans Tested Positive for Monsanto’s Cancer-Linked Weedkiller Glyphosate – alternet

      13.Monsanto GMO Banned by Africa’s Largest Cotton Producer – telesur

      14.Glyphosate ‘Revolution’ Growing – Consumers Want Answers – U.S.Right To Know

      15. France Bans Monsanto’s Roundup as Environmental Groups Push WHO for Stronger Safety Standards – EcoWatch

      16. Why the EU should ban the world’s most popular herbicide – chinadialogue

  • Watch man

    *********Italy Bans Monsanto’s Roundup From Public Places*********

    “Italy’s Ministry of Health has placed heavy restrictions on the use of Monsanto’s ‘probably carcinogenic’ herbicide, Roundup.

    Spraying of the active ingredient glyphosate has been banned in areas frequented by the public or by “vulnerable groups”

    This includes gardens, courtyards, roadways, sports fields, recreational areas, playgrounds, green areas outside school buildings and other green spaces.

    Christina Sarich via Natural Blaze reports:

    Additionally, pre-harvest desiccation, the process of spraying crops with glyphosate before harvesting, has also been banned, as has the non-agricultural use of glyphosate on soils composed of 80 percent or more of sand — a measure designed to protect groundwater from further agrichemical contamination.

    All told, Italy has just adopted one of the largest bans on the agricultural and public use of glyphosate in country’s history.

    Since Monsanto relies on sales of Roundup to prop up their seed monopoly (with 90 percent of all genetically-modified plants grown coming from their seed), the Italian Ministry’s decision to ban its use could portend a bleak future for the company in Europe. The Dutch have already banned glyphosate, with France and Brazil following in their footsteps. Roundup has already been pulled from the shelves of many gardening and DIY centers in all three countries.