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CRI Ladies Club gives career guidance to students

The the Ladies Club of the Crops Research Institute (CRI) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR,) in collaboration with the American Society of Plant Biologists, has organised a sensitisation programme for Science and Home Economic students of the Adawomase Senior High School in the Ashanti Region.

The programme was aimed at educating the students on making the right choice of profession.

Hasten slowly with adoption of GMOs

The Ghana Public Health Association (GPHA) says Ghana should place itself appropriately to benefit maximally from Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), as the technology has a great potential to improve health, nutrition and food security.

It, however, cautioned that the country must move slowly, as the development, testing and release of GMO products must be appropriately regulated.

Women agricultural scientists break gender stereotypes

The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) reports that over two-thirds of all women in Africa are employed in the agricultural sector, producing nearly 90 per cent of the food on the continent. In addition, research by African Women in Agriculture Research and Development (AWARD) on women in agriculture in 125 African agricultural institutions found that although women produce, process and market most of Africa’s food crops, only one in four agricultural researchers is female.

Plant Breeders Bill not related to genetic modification

The Director of the Crop Research Institute (CRI) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Dr Hans Adu-Dapaah, has said the Plant Breeders Bill has nothing to do with genetic modification and urged the House to pass the bill.

He said the bill currently before Parliament was a positive development which sought to address the interests of plant breeders, as well as promote agricultural productivity.

Dr Adu-Dapaah was speaking at a workshop for former Members of Parliament (MPs) on the benefits of the bill in Accra yesterday.

Patronise govt-approved spray for cocoa farms

The Offinso Municipal Cocoa Chief Farmer, Nana Kwaku Duah Agyeman, has advised members of the Offinso branch of the Ghana Cocoa, Coffee and Shea Nut Farmers Association and cocoa farmers in general to patronise the government-approved spray to improve yield.

Speaker lauded for suspending discussions on Plant Breeders' Bill

The Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana (PFAG) has commended the Speaker of Parliament for suspending discussions on the Plant Breeders' Bill (PBB).

He has also been lauded for directing the Select Committee on Constitutional, Parliamentary and Legal Affairs to engage in public consultation on the bill.

However, the PFAG has registered its displeasure with some emerging developments regarding the bill and the introduction of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in Ghana.

Ghana to learn new agric techniques from Israel

Ghana’s Ambassador to the State of Israel, Mr Ernest Lomotey, has stated that improved agricultural technology is one of its focuses for further strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries.

He said such aspects of bilateral relations would help Ghana produce all year round and the mission was working towards establishing a convergence between Israel’s accomplishments in agriculture and Ghana’s desire to expand productivity in this sector.