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UWR: Journalists Trained on the Significants of Agricultural Biotechnology.

Journalists in the Upper West Region, had a one day training session on the Significants of Agricultural Biotechnology and the need to help spread the message.

The training which was organized by Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology In Africa(OFAB-Africa) took place on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at the Pelican Hotel in Wa, the regional capital of the Upper West, brought together Journalists across the region with the theme dubbed “Exemplary Journalism, Credible Science Reporting and better public Understanding of Science Technology and innovation”.
Prof. Kenneth Danso, Director of Biotechnology and Nuclear Agricultural Research Institute, during his presentation on Genetically Modified Organisms(GMOs) seeds: how they are made, noted that it is not their interest to engineer Genetically Modified Organisms in all crops, adding that, the method is only used when there is a problem on the crops in question which give them no option that to engineer GMOs, there they do so.
Prof. Kenneth Danso, Director of Biotechnology and Nuclear Agricultural Research Institute

 

The Director, further cleared the misconception that, Genetically Modified products poise threat to human health, noting that, since the the adoption of the GMOs strategy, no one has been reported dead as a result of taking GM(Genetically Modified) products.
He urged Journalists to help educate farmers on the need to embrace the new innovation and use GM seeds during farming.
Meanwhile, some Journalists expressed their fear that, the method might give control to the scientists over the farmers as the farmers might have to depend on the scientists for seedlings and the cost involve which might in a way give no room to vulnerable farmers to afford seedlings.
However, Mr. Mohammed Adam Nashiru, President of the National Union of Small holder Farmers, who was part of the forum, asserted that GMOs are not harmful, adding that, farmers should not have the fear of using GMOs products. “Don’t let us have fear on GMOs, GMOs are not harmful” he stressed.
On her part, Madam Ama Kudom-Agyemang, an Environmental Communicator and also a Journalist, speaking on the topic: Agricultural Biotechnology: is it an area of media reportage in Ghana, she indicated that, the media serves as an important bridge between the public and the scientists and/or the regulators.
Madam, Ama Kudom-Agyemang, Environmental Communicator and also a Journalist.
She stressed that, the media is positioned to raise the profile of Agriculture amongst decision makers as well as the wider public and in communicating farmers needs. She therefore appealed to Journalists to do more stories on Agricultural Biotechnology.
Source: Saeed Fatawu-Wa.

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