Ghana NBA roots for science as means of approving Genetically Modified products

GHANA – The National Biosafety Authority (NBA) and the Ministry of Science and Technology, which regulate Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), have declared that only proven scientific knowledge and not misinformation will inform their decision on whether to permit the open cultivation of the GM pod borer-resistant (PBR) cowpea. Research to produce Ghana’s variety of GM cowpea has been ongoing since 2008 and the process is yet to be culminated. GM cowpea has already been approved in Nigeria, where farmers are harvesting their first crop. “If GMOs are bad, and they…

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Kenya acclaims cultivation of genetically modified cassava following NBA safety assessment

 KENYA – Kenya has become the first country globally to give a green light to the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) cassava, capable of resisting the destructive cassava brown streak disease (CBSD). CBSD is a viral disease spread by whiteflies and infected cuttings, which leads to devastating losses of up to 98 percent for cassava farmers in Kenya. Cassava is the world’s most widely grown starch storage root crop and accounts for a third of the total production of staple food crops in sub-Saharan Africa. It now becomes Africa’s fifth…

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