Biotech Updates

Ghana's Minister Suggests the Use of GMOs to Boost Country's Food Security

February 6, 2013

Clement Kofi Humado, Minister-designate for the Agricultural Committee in Ghana has advocated the utilization of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in commercial farming to boost the country's food security. Humado gave the suggestion when he appeared before the Appointment Committee of Ghana's Parliament so that farmers who can afford to cultivate GMO seed varieties could do so.

Humado added that more youth should be encouraged to cultivate soybean and yellow maize, the staple feed of the country's poultry industry. He also vowed to incorporate more educated youth in the agricultural sector to aid the rapid modernization of Ghana's agriculture; and to pursue reforms aimed at improving subsidy regimes, the efficiency of distributing agricultural inputs and assessing the needed credit to farmers to increase yields for food security.

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