At media sensitisation workshop on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO), proponents and opponents took turns to brief journalists on why GMOs should be embraced or why
The day's event is a partnership between the
According to him the
Prof Alhassan said biotech in agriculture would ensure access to appropriate improved crop varieties in production to achieve food security.
He explained that a GM seed for agricultural production is a choice farmers would have to make when
Biotechnology in agriculture involves the use of scientific methods to produce genetically modified food crops that are more pest, disease and drought resistant and with short maturity periods.
The Biosafety Law in
The law also ensures an adequate level of production in the field for safe development, transfer, handling and use of GMOs.
Opponents are of the view that GMOs are organisms which genetic material have been altered using genetic engineering techniques and come about as a result of laboratory process that fuses genes from one species with another in an attempt to obtain a desired trait or characteristic.
In most cases, they are used to produce genetically modified foods for the western countries and can be produced on a large scale within a short time and therefore serve as a good relief to countries battling food insufficiency.
Its introduction into the country they say would come at a cost, especially given that they will compete with naturally produced crops for patronage and consumption.
However Prof Alhassan said there are adequate and thorough safety measures in the country to manage environmental and health risks associated with biotechnology.
Mr Ken Ashibgey, Managing Director of the Daily Graphic said the debate on the GMOs is taking many twists with civil society groups emerging to support or oppose it.
He said there is the need for journalists to be informed to lead the debate on the subject.
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