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GENETICALLY MODIFIED MAIZE: Reps To Probe Importation By Olam Group

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The House of Representatives on Wednesday resolved to investigate the alleged importation of seven ship-loads of Genetically Modified maize by Olam Group into the country.

This was sequel to a unanimous adoption of a motion by Kingsley Onwubuariri, at the plenary.

He said the agricultural revolution of President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration was geared toward ensuring sufficiency in food production.

He added that Nigerians had heeded the call and had gone back to the farms, saying the result of which was an impressive harvest in maize, which had forced the price down.

The legislator recalled recent media reports calling on the Federal Government to probe the Nigeria Customs Service and other agencies at the Seaport over the alleged importation.

He said the importation of 70,000 tonnes of Genetically Modified maize into the country without the knowledge and clearance of the National Bio-safety Management Agency calls for concern.

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