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Mar 24, 2010

Ghana's Parliament Asked to Expedite Bio-Safety Bill

Dr. Walter S. Alhassan,
Project Coordinator for
Safe Biotechnology Management
in Sub-Saharan Africa (SABIMA)
Photo: Allianz Knowledge
On 24 March 2010 the Ghana News Agency reported that its Parliament had been asked to expedite passage of the Bio-Safety Bill.  This bills would create a regulatory structure responsible for reviewing the commercialization of gene-modified (GM) crops.

The Bio-safety Bill received Cabinet approval in February 2010.  It is now awaiting final approval by Ghana's Parliament. 

Professor Walter Sandow Alhassan, Project Coordinator for Safe Biotechnology Management in Sub-Saharan Africa (SABIMA) under the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) requested that Ghana's Parliament expedite Parliament's review and debate regarding the bill.  He noted that neighboring Togo, Burkina Faso and Nigeria, had all passed bio-safety laws and were considering field testing GM crops.  He also called on government "to muster the political will to pass the bill to allow Ghanaian farmers to use the GM technology and improve their production which would ensure food security and contribute towards the attainment of the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)."

For more see: "Professor Alhassan urges Parliament to speed up passage of Bio-safety Bill," Ghana News Agency, 24 March 2010.

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