The peasant farmers association of Ghana (PFAG) has hailed government’s decision to stop the adoption of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).
This followed a statement by the minister for food and agriculture Owusu Afriyie Akoto that Ghana did not need GMO as there were capable scientists in the country who could use traditional breeding methods to produce high yielding and disease resistant seeds.
The peasant farmers and local farmers unions had engaged in a long tussle with promoters of GMOs in Ghana.
The association said the attempted introduction of GMO was meant for corporate takeover of the seed industry and to exploit Ghanaian farmers.
“Individuals and multi-national corporations who are benefiting from proceeds from MONSANTO to promote GMO in Ghana should rather join Ghanaian scientists and farmers to promote the local seed industry,” the association said in a statement here on Thursday.
They also urged the government to invest more resources in agro-ecology as a way of developing the agricultural sector and combating climate change.
It added that government should focus on rather dealing with the challenges within the agricultural sector including the high cost of mechanization services, impact of climate change, bush fires, high cost of inputs, high postharvest losses and limited extension staff.
“Increasing investment in these areas will go a long way to empower farmers and attract more youth to develop careers in the agriculture value chain,” PFAG added. Enditem