Director of Biotechnology and Nuclear Agriculture Research Institute, Prof. Kenneth Ellis Danso has called on the country to adopt and commercialise Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) foods. According to Prof. Danso, GMOs is crucial for farmers to deal with pest attacks to ensure food security.
“About 96 Soya bean coming from the USA is genetically modified making them insect resistant” he said.
Although the country has not adopted GMOs, Prof. Danso believes the technology is a surest way to aid Ghana attain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.
“GMO ensures food security. It ensures higher economic benefits thus reducing poverty among farmers. Aside this GMO is environment friendly, meaning it reduces the use of chemical”
Prof. Danso went further to state that genetically modified organisms mitigate against climate change and “all these meets the SDGs to which Ghana is a signatory”
He said this in Bolgatanga during a media training on science reporting organised by Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB), Ghana Chapter.
Prof Danso is of a conviction that when GMO is adopted in the country, the burden farmers go through will be lessen.
While allaying public fears about GMO, Prof. Danso said GMO crops pass through local and international certifications before they are allowed on the markets.
By: Joshua Asaah|a1radioonline.com|101.