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Nigeria Should Turn to Biotech Amidst Population Boom

August 30, 2017

By 2050, Nigeria will be the third most populous nation in the world, according to the projections of the United Nations. At present, Nigeria ranks 7th, with around 200 million population.

"Our population is expanding while our agricultural production is low. We need biotechnology, which will bring multiple food production in a limited period," said Prof. Lauwali Abubakar, the Director at the Centre for Agricultural and Pastoral Research of the Usmanu Danfodiyo University. Biotechnology has shown positive benefits in adopting countries, especially in increasing yield and thus increasing food production.

With the booming population, Nigeria is expected to consider the use of agricultural biotechnology to address food insecurity. The country has adopted a biotechnology policy handled by the National Biotechnology Development Policy. Safety concerns are handled by the National Biosafety Management Agency.

Read the original article from Vanguard.