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Food security: FG, Morocco firm sign biotechnology agreement

The National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with RAHAD Industries and Mesencell Biotechnology to boost biotechnology and food security…

The National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with RAHAD Industries and Mesencell Biotechnology to boost biotechnology and food security in the country.

The Director General of NABDA, Prof. Abdullahi Mustapha, at the signing on Wednesday in Abuja, said the MoA was the beginning of a new chapter in the area of scientific biotechnology in the country.

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It would be recalled that Nigeria and Morocco signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on October 25 in Abuja for the research and development of biotechnological products and processes, including the production of bio-fertilizer and bio-fungicide.

Rahad Global Investment Limited signed the agreement on behalf of Morocco while the Nigerian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation signed on behalf of the federal government.

Rahad Global Investment Limited is the Nigerian subsidiary of the Moroccan company, RVD Equipment Industries.

The agreement covered a variety of research and development efforts in many biotechnological products, including drinking water and wastewater treatment.

Others are gas treatment, sulphur dioxide reduction, soil biodegradation, and the use of stem cells for diabetics and cancer-related diseases.

Mustapha said scientists and researchers would be properly trained on the usage of the technologies across the country.

Also, the Managing Director, Rahad RVD industries, Chbihi Driss, said that a subsidiary of their group had developed four important technologies for Nigeria.