Open Forum for Agricultural Biotechnology(OFAB)Ghana chapter a member of the OFAB Africa group has awarded 3 ghanaian journalists from the print/online, TV and radio for creating the awareness on biotechnology and genetically modified organisms in Ghana and Africa as a whole.
The award,which was second edition saw a much improvement of entries from the length and breath of this country compared to the maiden edition last year was under the theme Exemplary Journalism, Credible Science Reporting and better Public Understanding of Science Technology and Innovation.
Speaking at the event, senior scientist at the council for scientific and Industrial Research(CSIR, Dr Richard Ampadu Ameyaw appealed to Ghanaian journalists to show more interest in agriculture, science and biotechnology reporting to promote credible, evidence – based science information delivery in agriculture bio-technology to their viewer’/listeners.
“There is the need to recognise journalists who has contributed to this debate that is to tell the truth as to what technology is all about “he quizzed.
He added that the event would not only clear the issues that border on the subject but will also go a long way to cure the perception and mistrust between scientist and journalists.
Professor Kenneth Danso, Director of Biotechnology and Nuclear Agric Research Institute(BNARI) of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission calls for linkage between scientists and the media to enhance science and technology education in the country.
He is of the view that there is the need to support the country agriculture with technology to improve the livelihood of farmers and more produes for industries that uses agriculture material.
On his part, Prosper Kwame Kuorsoh(winner of print/online category) on behalf of Iddi Z. Yire(1st Runner up Print/Online ),Philip Bagyiliko Tengzu(winner radio category)thanked the OFAB for the award.
He also assured them of their continues awareness on biotechnology and genetically modified organisms in Ghana and Africa.
By: Akins Kwabenah Darkwa / Sokynewsgh.com