The utterance of politicians confused on the benefits of GMOs – Peasant farmers

Peasant farmers in the Upper West Region say utterances of some political actors have made it difficult for them to accept Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) crops and breeds to help boost food production.

The farmers said politicians in the country have confused and blurred their decision on the benefits of genetically engineered crops and animal breeds which are intended to raise agricultural output and ensure global food security.

Mr Issahaka Abubakar, a farmer from Kaleo, said: “When this GMO whole thing started the politicians were talking and talking, and other experts were talking, so we as farmers were confused as to which way to follow.”

“But today, this presentation has given us a lot of education about GMOs and it is going to help us when we get the seeds so that we can also increase our yields,” he said. Abubakar was speaking to the Ghana News Agency during a training organised by Open Forum on Agriculture Biotechnology (OFAB) Ghana for farmers on biotechnology in Wa.

“I urge my colleague farmers that we have to embrace this technology, it is going to help us a lot to get more yields,” he said. He also called on Ministry of Food and Agriculture and the state to quicken action on GMP adoption saying: “I think government should expedite action on this whole matter on GMOs so that come next year (2019), we will get the seeds”.

Madam Paulina Yirimambo, who is into maize, rice, beans, groundnuts and Bambara beans farming, said improved seeds would help increase food production and aid Ghana to meet the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) two.

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