Media engagement on Genetically Modified Organisms and Biotechnology Held in Kumasi.

News Editors and Senior Journalists in the Ashanti Region have received training on Biotechnology and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).

The one day training held at Golden tulip hotel was to enable the newsmen to contribute significantly to obfuscate the false idea, belief and mystery surrounding the adoption of the GMOs products brought together some high profile media personalities including the researchers. The training, organized by the Open Forum on Agriculture Biotechnology (OFAB) Ghana, in collaboration with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) was aimed at equipping the journalists with the knowledge and understanding of biotechnology in farming and agriculture.

Biotechnology in its simplistic form, involves the exploitation of the biological processes for industrial and other purposes, particularly the genetic manipulation of micro-organisms for the production of antibiotics and hormones among others.

The program according to authorities would equip media practitioners to help effectively educate the general public to adopt the technology to ensure sustainable national food security and improved livelihoods of farmers.

Due to the misconception thwarting the adoption of the GMO technology, OFAB believed that the training would enable journalists to significantly influence policy decisions making on issues of agriculture through the provision of expert knowledge and facts for the consumption of the public.
As a nation we can’t only patrionise on organic farming alone and for that matter there is the need for World Health Organizations to come to develop a technology that can save us from hunger and this is why we all need to consider GMOs.
According to them one tool which is currently used to enhance biodiversity is biotechnology stressing that this technology covers varieties of techniques and applications that allow variation and enhancement in living Organisms to provide desirable products for humanity.

 

By Mark Asamoah (Ezra FM)

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