Biotech Updates

Gates Foundation to Build Biotech Lab in Nigeria

July 10, 2013

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has made arrangements to establish a biotechnology laboratory in Nigeria to help build capacity in the country's national programs and in the African region as well. The Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB) Head Rose Gidado said that the announcement was made in Abuja during a courtesy call of a representative of the foundation to the Minister of Science and Technology, Prof. Ita Okon Bassey Ewa.

The biotechnology laboratory will help empower national programs in Nigeria and the rest of Africa, and also train researchers in using its facilities. According to Minister Ewa, Nigerians will be able to use the laboratory to enhance national priority crops such as soybeans, rice, and maize.

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