A scientist from CSIR showing some crops
NBA, The National Biosafety Authority says Ghana has not yet introduced Genetically Modified (GM) food onto the market despite the reports by anti-GM crusaders that the produce were on the market.
Eric Okoree, Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the NBA, who was reacting to rumors about GM food, said more public sensitization must be done on the current state of GM foods in Ghana.
Mr Okoree said while speaking at a training workshop organized for journalists by the Program for Biosafety Systems (PBS) in partnership with NBA recently in Accra Ghana was still at the confined stage.
Theme of the workshop was: “Agricultural Biotechnology and Communication Risk Management,” and its aim was equipping the media with required knowledge on biosafety and best practices in genetic modification, research and developments with regards to addressing the myths surrounding the introduction of GM foods in Ghana.
Prof Kenneth Danso, Director of Biotechnology and Nuclear Agricultural Research Institute (BNARI), said in a presentation, said the only difference between GM foods and the conventional ones was the means of cultivation.
His aim was that GM crops, when introduced in Ghana, would yield positive results since they were drought resistance and could withstand any weather condition.
He added, what is being done is that with GM crops, genes are moved from one organism to the other and not fluids or the organism itself enabling direct transfer of hereditary material like gene from one organism.
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