Farmers wooed to accept genetically modified seeds


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An Executive Member of the Ghana Grains Council, Mr. Gideon Aboagye, has wooed Ghanaian farmers to accept genetically modified seeds to improve crop yield and returns

By
Isaac Arkoh, GNA

Kumasi, Sept 20, GNA – An Executive Member
of the Ghana Grains Council, Mr. Gideon Aboagye, has wooed Ghanaian farmers to
accept genetically modified seeds to improve crop yield and returns.

He gave the high points of such hybrid seeds
as having shorter maturation period, high-yielding and being pests and disease
resistant, and said these were vital to boost food security.

He was speaking at a workshop held in Kumasi
for stakeholders in agriculture to discuss ways of raising food production to
improve the livelihood of farmers.

Mr. Aboagye indicated that the farmers would
experience drastic upturn in agriculture production if they used those seeds.

The participants were given useful insight
into the agriculture supply chain management, supply development and value
addition.

He called for substantial investment in the
sector to sustain it on the path of growth.

He said it was important to scale up the
effort at building the capacity of the farmer, introduce them to modern
technologies and best farm practices.

That, he noted, was the way forward for food
security and the supply of raw materials to support the country’s
industrialization.  

Madam Marietta Owusu Asante, a farmer,
called for increased public education on the genetically modified seeds to
remove any lingering anxiety.

GNA


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