Biotechnology is the exploitation of biological processes for industrial and other purposes, especially the genetic manipulation of micro-organisms for the production of antibiotics, hormones, etc.

Agricultural biotechnology is a collection of scientific techniques used to improve plants, animals and micro-organisms. Based on an understanding of DNA, scientists have developed solutions to increase agricultural productivity.

The agricultural community has long supported new techniques that improve production and help make food even more affordable for consumers. For example, animals and crops have been selected for breeding for centuries resulting in improved disease resistance and bigger yields. Biotechnology simply gives the farmers the tools to speed up this process.BIOTEC

Consumers and the environment are the end beneficiary of new advances in biotechnology. Biotech advances that come to use on the farm will further ensure that American food and fibre products can remain cost-competitive both here and abroad.


Biotechnology research is closely monitored by federal and state agencies, including EPA, USDA, and the FDA. While it can be an effective tool, biotechnology as used on farms–such as new corn and Soybeans varieties–will not “run rampant” and produce the mutants that populate nightmares and science fiction movies. During a biotech research project, perhaps one gene in 10,000 is manipulated to achieve a small, but desired result.

Agricultural biotech has been producing countless new products that have the potential to change our lives for the better. The products include

  1. Vaccines
  2. Antibiotics
  3. Flowers
  4. Bio-fuels
  5. Pest resistant crops
  6. Abiotic Strength Resistance
  7. Conventional Plant Breeding – tissue culture and micro-propagation.
  8. Animal breeding
  9. Pesticide – Resistant crops
  10. Industrial strength fibres
  11. Nutrient supplementation
  12. Genetic engineering and GM crops in addition to Molecular diagnostic tools.

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Mrs. Yemisi Akibu ( nee Awokoya) is the Chief Executive Officer of Belvyna Global, an agricultural consultancy service firm based in Lagos, Nigeria She is a former Team Member of the Agricultural Department of Union Bank of Nigeria Plc, one of Nigeria's first generation banks. She holds a B.Sc degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and a Masters degree in National Development and Project Planning from the University of Bradford, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom. She is passionate about the role agriculture plays in the social, economic, political development of a nation. She holds the view that one of the pillars of stability of a nation food security and this can only be achieved through the holistic development of the agricultural sector. She can be contacted via: or Remember, The Farmer Is King Enjoy my blog

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