A research director from the National Horticultural Research Institute (NHRI) in Ibadan, Oyo State, Dr Rebecca Bolatito Ibe, said controversies surrounding the safety of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) as whether consumables that are healthy for humans or not, are unnecessary, noting that a GMO is only a job of selection and a means of making things better.
Dr Ibe gave the presentation at a one-day workshop on fruit and vegetable production, handling and post-harvest processing, organized for farmers by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), in collaboration with the Japan Alumni Association of Nigeria (JAAN).
LEADERSHIP reports that the debate over the safety of GMOs has been raging lately. The more researchers try to overcome the fear factor, the more people become skeptical about the safety of GMO products.
She said: “Genetically modified organisms, commonly referred to as GMOs, are harmless to human health. According to scientific research evidence, GMOs are breeding work and a way to make things better and nothing more.
In his welcome speech, the President of the Japan Alumni Association of Nigeria, Ahmed Agbarakwe, explained that the workshop aimed to empower farmers, producers and vendors to contribute to Nigeria’s GDP.
He reiterated that the market value of fruits and vegetables is such that if handled correctly, they can help improve the quality of life for rural farmers and everyone along the value chain.
“Fruits and vegetables have huge economic prospects, but the reason it’s as if our farmers aren’t getting enough profit from their efforts is due to poor post-harvest management, processing and marketing.
“This is why we have brought in experts to explain to farmers and traders what they need to do to get the most out of their products,” he said.
In an interview with reporters, the national president of the Association of Fruit and Vegetable Vendors, Ibrahim Talba, called on the government to intervene by providing storage facilities, tools for mechanized production and credit facilities for farmers. fruit and vegetable producers and traders in order to enable them to contribute significantly to the country’s GDP.