Biotech Updates

Ghana Should Embrace Biotech Says SABIMA Coordinator

September 3, 2010

Ghanaians must embrace the use of modern biotechnology to effectively solve food insecurity and the likely impact of climate change on farming. This was forwarded by Professor Walter Sandow Alhassan, Project Coordinator for Safe Biotechnology Management in Sub-Saharan Africa (SABIMA) under the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) during a media roundtable discussion on biotechnology in Accra, Ghana.

"Population pressure and the expansion of arable lands, the need for intensification of agriculture, pollution of ground waters from agro-chemical run-offs, intractable pests and diseases of plants and animals, fossil fuel price increases and climate change induced stresses are some of the imperatives for modern biotechnology engagement," Alhassan said. He also called on the government to speed up the passage of the Biosafety Bill to allow Ghanaian farmers to use the GM technology and enhance production to ensure food security.

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