FG Stands On Tela Maize

The federal government says the newly released Tela Maize seeds developed by Nigerian Agriculturists are safe for human and animal consumption.

The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA)says it has done a proper risk assessment and analysis to ensure the safety of the seeds for human health and the environment.

The TELA maize was developed by Nigerian scientists in the Institute for Agricultural Research Ahmadu Bello University Zaria and released to farmers this year.

NBMA says the application for TELA Maize was thoroughly examined by two committees comprising of experts and scientist from various relevant Agencies and the Academia including National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Service and National Agricultural Seed Council.

There have been misleading claims about TELA Maize, including allegations that it is fake and laced with insecticides and pesticides.

The government Agency therefore assure Nigerians that this maize variety has been certified to be as safe as its organic or conventional counterpart as there are no chemicals or insecticides laced in them as claimed by some groups in Nigeria.

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