January 27, 2023

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‘Misinformation reason behind GMO’s widespread technophobia’


The Director Basic and Chief Govt Officer, Nationwide Biotechnology Improvement Company (NABDA), Prof. Abdullahi Mustapha, has raised concern over the extent of misinformation concerning the adoption of agricultural expertise in Nigeria, saying that is reason behind widespread technophobia.

That is at the same time as he recommended the media for enjoying important position within the propagation and acceptanbility of expertise within the Nigeria agricultural sector.

Mustapha gave the commendation, in the course of the latest on the sixth version of Open Discussion board on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB) media award and gala nite in Abuja.

He stated, “Gents of the Press, your contributions to nationwide growth by means of the promotion of revolutionary best-practice in agricultural biotechnology and different agricultural applied sciences that handle challenges of meals insecurity, local weather change and sustainable growth are nothing lower than a mark of ardour, perseverance and dedication. That is extremely commendable.

“No expertise growth has ever succeeded wherever on the earth with out the media taking part in a really important position of resulting in its propagation and making certain its acceptance. Because of this we acknowledge the strategic position of the media in constructing bridges throughout divides.”

He nonetheless lamented the extent of misinformation going spherical, saying, “One of many recognized challenges debarring Nigeria’s attainment of meals safety is widespread technophobia. This largely outcomes from misinformation.  Many well-meaning Nigerians are unaware of the advantages of biotechnology. Others are misinformed about it, whereas some have embraced conspiracy theories alleging that biotechnology is aimed toward lowering the human inhabitants.

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Welcoming the delegates, the Nation Coordinator, Dr. Rose Gidado, stated the award was instituted to make sure that journalists reporting on the topic issues are uncovered to finest practices within the occupation.

“The sixth version of the award acknowledges exemplary journalism that stimulates finest practices within the adoption of agricultural applied sciences, notably agricultural biotechnology.

“Subsequently, it seeks to acknowledge excellent journalists in all media genres concerned within the protection of agric biotech tales in Sub-Saharan Africa with the target to understand their contribution in selling sustainable agricultural applied sciences,” she stated.