The Federal government has urged local and foreign operators in bio-factory sugar manufacturing to adopt the use of biotechnology in order to achieve food security in the country.
The Executive Secretary of the National Sugar Development Council, NSDC, Mr Latif Busari made the call at the official commissioning of sugarcane biofactory in Ilorin .
According to him the patronage of biotechnology would help them get best quality cane seeds, as well as assist the the industry and the nation at large to move to next level of development.
Mr Busari explained that the application of biotechnology in agricultural development in Nigeria is necessary to achieve food security and provide raw materials for the nation’s agro based industries.
He said that government facility in Zaria, Kaduna and Ilorin, in Kwara state, are capable of contributing to the attainment of national sugar master plan goals.
The NSDC boss, who said biofactories could produce one million seedlings annually, also said that their facilities and same procedures could be used for rapid multiplication of many other crop seedlings .
In a remark the Minister of state for industry, trade and investment, Hajia Aisha Abubakar, represented by permanent secretary from the ministry Sunday Akpan ,emphasised the need for crop productivity enhancement in order to achieve rapid development of the nation’s local sugar industry.