A previous Exploration Fellow at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Investigation – Savannah Agricultural Research Institute (CSIR-SARI) has disclosed that cowpea losses are a outcome of pest attacks.
Dr Ibrahim Atokple advised JoyNews on a area go to that he stated that a big setback in cowpea output in the nation has been threats from bugs and pests, especially the pod borer.
This, in accordance to him, can cause up to just one hundred for every cent produce dropped below extreme infection.
To command these pod borers from harming the crops, farmers use at minimum four insecticides spray against these pest and other pod borer sucking bugs, according to him.
These pesticides he claimed has damaging effects on farmers and the natural environment, a reason the CSIR-SARI has produced the Bt cowpea borer selection.
He disclosed that four kinds were being picked which include things like padi-tuya, kirk home benga, wang kae and Apagbaala, including that a lot more varieties will be included.
Dr. Atokpe dismissed the quite a few promises encompassing Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) being hazardous and toxic for human intake incorporating that Ghanaians are presently eating GMOs which have flooded the Ghanaian marketplace.
He stated if there is any meals that is thoroughly tested for toxicity and allergenicity in advance of its set on the market then it is GMO.
Dr Atokpe explained the standard crops are not examined for toxicity and allergenicity incorporating even if they are examined it usually takes five to 10 yrs to get the effects.
He stated insulin in soyabean oil is a GMO which has been in the marketplace for a prolonged time now.
Dr. Atokpe additional that fungus in fermented kenkey, the yeast that will cause fermentation in pito, and mushrooms are GMOs that Ghanaians have consumed devoid of knowing.
He highlighted that over 300,000,000 hectors of land experienced been planted with GMO all over the earth noting that the earth is not absolutely free from GMOs.
Dr Atokpe pressured that CSIR-SARI is completely ready to release the Bt cowpea assortment via the Countrywide Assortment Release committee but with acceptance from the Countrywide Bio-Security Authority