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Court case against Agric ministry over GMO

The case involving a civil society group, Food Sovereignty Ghana (FSG) and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture seeking injunction from the court to stop the commercialization of Genetically Modified Foods by the National Biosafety committee is underway

According to the secretary of the group, Mr. Elvis Kofi Adjei who spoke to Rite FM news,  the ministry and the Biosafety committee do not have authority to commercialize such product.

He said they are in Human Division of Accra Fast Track High Court to seek injunction to prevent the commercialization of Genetically Modified Organisms, (GMO) foods which they claimed is not good for human consumption.

Mr. Adjei noted that commercialization of GMOs in Ghana will kill small holder farmers seed production which the local farmers use for their farming activities adding that, the placement of the injunction will protect our local seed industry.

He has questioned why Ghana as a country wants to accept GMOs whiles other country’s like France, Germany etc. farmers do not accept GMO seeds.

In responding to the introduction of these GMO seeds, Mr. Albert Aubyn of Council for Scientific and Industrial Research admitted that as far as crop research institute is concern, then it will be helpful to accept these GMO seeds.

According to him, CRI has done a series of research concerning these GMO seeds and they have realized it helped farmers to attain higher yields and these will mean abundance of food in the country.

He noted that, the GMO can resist weather, pest and denied that, it has no bad effect on human health.  Reacting to whether the small holder farmers have an idea about GMO, Mr. Aubyn revealed that, they have involved the farmers in the Ashanti region in the latest trials of GMO cowpea and rice.

Source: Rite FM News Department

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