JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Corn recently hosted a team of Nigerian government officials and regulators to share the benefits of biotechnology and grain trade logistics. The adoption of biotechnology has been slowed in most of Africa. Factoring that in with Nigerian officials rejecting a shipment of biotech corn from Argentina last fall, the U.S. Grains Council stepped in to provide more education. Although there is not a ban on domestic cultivation or imports, there are no commercial biotech crops available. The Council is working in Nigeria to bring awareness around the positive impact biotechnology could have for Nigerians for more domestic cultivation and more U.S. imports for their growing feed sector. Africa’s population as a whole is expected to more than double by 2050, making Nigeria and the Sub-Saharan Africa region key market opportunities for Missouri corn farmers.
This latest trade team was sponsored by the U.S. Grains Council, U.S. Department of Agriculture, CropLife International and Monsanto. After a stop in Washington, D.C., the group headed to St. Louis to visit Monsanto, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and the Cargill river terminal in East St. Louis, Illinois on the Mississippi River. The primary goal of the visit was to discuss the safety and effectiveness of biotechnology, showcasing the many ways U.S. farmers benefit from these advanced breeding techniques. Missouri Corn will continue to work through USGC to advance the role of the Missouri corn farmer in addressing Africa’s corn needs.
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