Ghana set to introduce GMOs for human consumption, regulators say

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Credit: News Ghana

Ghana is now ready to introduce genetically modified …. food onto the market, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Biosafety Authority (NBA), Dr Amaning Okoree, has announced. He said the NBA, which is the regulator of the biotechnology industry in Ghana, had put in place the necessary structures to ensure that GMO products that would be released on a commercial basis onto the market were safe for consumption.

“We are ready for any promoter or commercial organisation of biotechnology product that wants to release GMO foods. We have strengthened our capacity to effectively regulate and conduct risk assessment of the product to ensure it is safe for consumption,” he added.

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Two main GMO crops — Nitrogen Use Efficient, Water Use Efficient and Salt Tolerant (NEWEST) rice and Bacillus thuringiensis (BT) cowpea — are currently being researched into and cultivated under confinement by the CSIR in Ghana.

The President of the National Farmers Award Winners Association, Mr Davies Korboe, called for a national dialogue on GMOs for a decision to be taken on the way forward.

“People lack information on GMOs and they need more awareness, so that they can make the best decision when they are properly educated,” he said.

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