Abuja, Sept. 5, 2017 (TNE) : The Federal Government is to improve the country’s Gross Domestic Products (GDP) through the use of biological processes in industrial production, or biotechnology.
Mr Abayomi Oguntade, the Director, Bio-resources Technology Department in the Federal Ministry of Science, said in Abuja that government is making concerted efforts to ensure that biotechnology becomes instrumental to improving the GDP as a step toward achieving vision 20:2020.
Early examples of biotechnology include the making of cheese, wine, and beer, while later developments include the production of vaccine and insulin.
The director said that the use of biotechnology would boost food, crop, and animal production as well as to improve industry, health and the environment.
“Biotechnology has applications in four major industrial areas, including health care, crop production and agriculture, non-food (industrial) uses of crops and other products (e.g. biodegradable plastics, vegetable oil, bio-fuels), and environmental uses.
“Applications of biotechnology include direct use of organisms for the manufacture of organic products, for instance, in beer and milk products, and using naturally present bacteria by the mining industry in bio-leaching.
“Biotechnology is also used to recycle, treat waste, clean-up sites contaminated by industrial activities, known as bioremediation, and also to produce biological weapons,” he said.
According to Oguntade, Nigeria can benefit immensely from the use of modern biotechnology like in countries as South Africa, India, Kenya, Brazil and Burkina Faso.
He said that Nigeria designed a biotechnology policy in 2001 with the aim of promoting biotechnology activities and taking advantage of the benefits that would materialise from such activities. (TNE)