Ghanaians are being urged to give Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) technology a chance as a possible tool for dealing with the country’s food security challenges.
International Plant Breeding Professor with US-based Cornell University, Sarah Evanega Davidson says Ghana stands a better chance of being food secure if the country does not close its doors to any of the potential technologies that could help it deal with its food security needs, including GMO technology or biotechnology.
“Farmers should have the chance to choose whether or not they want to adopt new Agric technologies and scientists around the world should have access to the tools they need to meet the great challenges the world face today,” she explained in an interview with Joy News’ Joseph Opoku Gakpo.
She expresses concern biotechnology as a tool for dealing with agricultural challenges has been politicized which is preventing smallholder farmers who need it the most from getting access to the technology.
Following the passage of the Biosafety Act 2011 by Parliament, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has been undertaking field trials for GM cotton, cowpea and rice as part of regulatory procedures until they are introduced onto the market.
The first batch of GM crops is not expected on the market until after 2018.
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