Crop Biotech Update

Alliance for Science Ghana Calls for Passage of Plant Breeders' Bill into Law

December 12, 2018

Alliance for Science Ghana released a statement appealing to President Nana Akufo-Addo to ensure the passage of Plant Breeders' Right Bill into law. The group emphasized in their statement that passing the bill into law is vital in ensuring food security and improving the lives of farmers. The statement signed by the Alliance for Science Executive Member Reuben Nana Yaw Quainoo, was released during the Farmers' Day celebration.

"We are convinced that one sure way to turn things around would be government passing the long-awaited Plant Breeders' Right Bill into law. The bill was first introduced to parliament about 6 years ago but has yet to be approved…The bill when passed, will give scientists and science institutions intellectual property over new plant varieties they develop so they can earn royalties on them. This will encourage more private investments in the seed sector for the benefit of farmers and the nation as a whole. The bill when passed will help make the country more competitive in the seed industry and ensure food security," said Alliance for Science in their statement.

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