Some farmers drawn from across the country are demonstrating in Accra against the passage of the Plant Breeders Bill, which is being debated in Parliament today.
The demonstration, organized by the Coalition for Farmers Rights an advocacy group against Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) started at the Obra Spot at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra.
The demonstrators have been shouting No GMO! No GMO! as they marched through the principal streets of Accra, Joy News’ Anna Agyapong reported.
According to her, majority of the protestors are wearing dreadlocks and brandishing placards with the inscription “GMO is poison.”
“Mahama say no to GMO”, “Say no to GMO.”
Some of the protestors said the country must not yield to the pressure to introduce GMO into the country.
“We are doomed if this bill is passed,” one of the demonstrators said adding, “we will be under colonialism if this bill is passed.”
Another angry protestor said there will be dire repercussions if this bill is passed into law.
“We are going to have farmers in Ghana, who cannot reproduce their seeds unless they go to buy it from abroad.
“The advent of lifestyle diseases, low sperm count, female infertility are on the increase,” he alleged.
Meanwhile, Joy News’ Parliamentary correspondent, Elton John Brobbey said the Plant Breeders Bill is currently at the consideration stage.
The Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho has however, issued a directive for Parliament’s Committee to consult more on the merits and demerits of the GMO before the process is taken any further.