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Ghana govt to back GM cotton adoption

Ghana’s Ministry for Environment, Science and Technology has co-organised a workshop to inform cotton growers and others in the supply chain of the benefits of adopting biotechnology, the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications reports. Minister Sherry Ayittey told delegates that biotechnology held the key to solving the country’s inability to maintain cotton production levels. It has fallen by more than half since the 1990s. Farmer representatives from Burkina Faso, South Africa and India shared their experience, particularly noting savings from fewer insecticide applications. Key recommendations included: fast-tracking the development of rules for biosafety compliance; finding the right suppliers; creating an independent growers’ association; and setting international standards on the quality of seed and lint. The event was arranged by three Ministries in collaboration with the UN Industrial Development Organization. Ghana’s Biosafety Act came into force earlier this year, allowing the cultivation of GM crops.

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