FG denies importing Genetically Modified rice

The Federal Government on Wednesday denied that it imported and flooded Nigerian 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 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.

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.

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 aimed to cause unnecessary panic and called on Nigerians to disregard it.

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