The Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana (PFAG) staged a demonstration in Tamale to express their disapproval with the introduction of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) in the country. The exercise brought together farmers from the Northern, Upper East and Upper West regions. They were supported by Actionaid, and the Centre for Indigenous knowledge and Organizational Development, both non- governmental organisations.
The president of the PFAG, Nashiru Adam, explained that the introduction of GMO seeds would worsen the plight of farmers by enslaving them to large corporations that were into seed breeding. According to him, “farmers do not need genetically modified seeds but rather good roads, infrastructure, efficient irrigation and marketing systems.” He, therefore, appealed to Parliament to throw out the Plant Breeders Bill and support local research institutions to come up with indigenous knowledge to protect the nation from what he termed as “neo-colonialist agenda.”
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