There are already campaigns across the country fighting against GMO’s where the farming and food sectors are concerned, however whether this is related to their disapproval or not, it seems the textile industry is heading in the same direction.
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in association with the Savannah Agricultural Research Institute (SARI) has introduced two new varieties of pest-resistant cotton for the production of the crop, as per Ghanaian media reports.
The two new varieties are Round Up Flex which is tolerant to glyphosate, and Roundup Ready Flex/Bollgard 2 herbcides that are tolerant to glyphosate and also provide protection from insects.
CSIR-SARI also organised an event aimed at observing and evaluating the performance of Roundup Ready herbicides on cotton varieties. The event was also aimed at determining the effectiveness of the two glyphosate formulations on weeds when applied on the two genetically modified (GM) cotton varieties tolerant to glyphosate and protection.
However, sale of seeds of these varieties to farmers would start only after receiving approvals from the National Bio-Safety Authority (NBA) and the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA). (HO)