Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS is to implement bio-safety regulations aimed at ensuring safe practices in the agriculture sector in line with the Sustainable Development Goals of achieving Zero Hunger by 2030.
This formed the basis of the meeting of Experts of Bio-safety for the Validation of the Preliminary Draft Regulations on Biosafety in West Africa held in Abuja.
The meeting aimed to review draft regulations on the exploitation of biological processes for industrial and other purposes to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture in the region.
In his address, Minister of Environment, Suleiman Zarma said that Nigeria recognised the need for a regional biosafety system.
Also speaking, ECOWAS Commissioner, Agriculture and Water Resources Sékou Sangare said the implementation would improve institutional, technical and human capacities in member states.