CAVEAT: I have no knowledge of this subject but have written on it since the first time I picked up on it in my essay-writing days for Nigeria’s Comet/Nation on Sunday. Unfortunately, it is a subject that needs loud voices to counter what government agencies are doing – or not doing – so that the health of Nigerians, its animals, the environment that returns whatever care we give it, returns to us through the food chain, can be preserved.
Here, again, is another report/commentary borne of news reports on Monsanto’s aggressive push to get its products into Nigeria.
Monsanto’s evil eye on Nigeria and vise grip on “regulatory” environmental bodies in Nigeria continue even as objections grow against what is described as “field tests” despite a surreptitious approval already given to Monsanto on a work-free day! While Monsanto has not been able to disprove evidences on Glyphosate herbicide tolerance gmo’s risks to health, it has continued to deploy its massive p.r. arsenal to get NK603 and other such chemicals for genetic-modifying of crops, accepted.
Nigeria, with a huge population, is in its eye, and having apparently gotten more than a foot in the door through an approval being masqueraded as a “field test”, Monsanto isn’t going to let go, and may not have to going by the stage matters have reached officially.
Officially because even supposedly without a government approval, glyphosate herbicide are sold in open markets and by street hawkers openly in Nigeria. At Ibadan, a huge city in Southwestern Nigeria, they can be bought from hawkers not only near the government’s Secretariat on Parliament Road at the turn off to the Premier Hotel road but from sellers in cartons containing a dozen each at Agbeni, the huge retail and wholesale market that stretches for several blocks down from Mapo Hall.
Nigerians routinely use products that has glyphosate content to control weeds on vegetables, maize and even to control weed growth in schools, homes and everywhere.
But THAT is not enough for Monsanto. What they want is to introduce maize, cotton … that have been genetically-modified even though a poor country like Burkina Faso which switched to the genetically-modified cotton some years ago has switched back. Why? Its sale of cotton fell sharply because the cotton yield became inferior quality and Burkinabe farmers started complaining about their cotton harvests commanding lower prices than the old yields.
Meanwhile in Nigeria, those supposed to protect Nigeria and her citizens are at work – again.
In an investigation by premiumtimesng.com, the agencies have managed to by-pass and ostracize those NOT in support of government sending Nigerians on the accursed journey of gmo-crops.
Eighty-one (81) Nigerian “Local Partner organisations supporting this objection”, that is –
OBJECTION TO MONSANTO’S APPLICATION FOR CONFINED FIELD TRIALS WITH (1) NK603 AND (2) MON89034 X NK603 MAIZE IN NIGERIA (MULTI-SEASON).
How Nigeria’s environmental “regulatory” agencies are determined to fail the people they are supposed to protect can be checked out through the link below.
RELATED ESSAYS ON THIS BLOG
- Standing up to Monsanto, The GMO King, is not easy even in powerful USA. July 4, 2016.
- Nigeria changes tune on NK603 gmo – “we only approved field trials”! June 22, 2016.
- Monsanto finds fertile market in Nigeria’s unregulated pesticide market, June 15, 2016.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016. 7:33 a.m. [GMT]