National Coordinator of Open Forum for Agricultural Biotechnology, Dr Richard Ampadu-Ameyaw, has urged farmers in the Eastern region to embrace biotechnology to improve production.
He said, biotechnology was not targeted at engineering every crop in the system, but rather only those of high economic value and dispelled the assertions that crops in Ghana were going to be genetically engineered.
Dr Ampadu-Ameyaw gave the advice at a stakeholder’s engagement with the farmers on the topic “The Role of Modern Tech Improving Agricultural Productivity and Livelihood” in Kpong in the Eastern Region.
The forum was organised by the Rite Fm Agric Forum in collaboration with the Alliance for Science, Ghana.
Dr Ampadu-Ameyaw, who is also a Senior Scientist at the Council for Scientific Research and Industrial Research, stated that there had been controversies and misconceptions that Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) crops posed health risks and would displace Ghanaian farmers when introduced into the country.
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