THE National Conference, yesterday, resolved that Bio-Safety Bill that will regulate trans-border movement of genetically modified drugs be initiated and enacted by the National Assembly without further delay.

This, the conference said would check indiscriminate importation of genetically modified drugs that were not suitable for the country.
It also said appropriate policy should be put in place by the government to facilitate the participation of people living with disability to enable them enjoy low interest on loan and 50 per cent subsidy on farm inputs.

The Conference also asked policy makers to ensure that Nigeria participates in agricultural research programmes at both the continental and regional levels so as to benefit from the results of such efforts.
It was agreed that government should grant low interest and long tenured micro-credit loans to assist the private sector to support agricultural development.

Delegates said that in addition to existing budgetary allocation, “30 per cent of the National Resources Fund be used for the development of agricultural sector while an additional 20 per cent of the fund be used for the development of water resources especially mechanized deep sea fishing, which is a major foreign exchange earner.”

It tasked states and local governments across the country to revitalize the already existing skills acquisition and agricultural training centres in each senatorial district as an initiative towards agricultural transformation.

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