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Governments must make a deliberate efforts to encourage scientific invasion into agriculture via policy measures specifically designed to encourage research and development and the adoption of new technologies.

Without innovative advances such as biotechnology in agriculture, global efforts at ending hunger would still remain a hard Knut to crack. Because, biotechnology is now taking humanity beyond the depths of the understanding of chemical and physical possibilities.

Biotechnology now has the potential to increase agricultural productivity, enhance food security, develop a better health care delivery system, boost an efficient industrial development process for transforming raw materials and detoxifying hazardous wastes, reduce mortality rates, move agriculture away from a dependence on chemical inputs and help to reduce environmental hazards.

As Journalists, there are tremendous challenges as we strive to present such complex information to our audiences. Before we can tell a science story, we need to grasp the science behind it, keeping up with fast-paced science and identifying reliable sources quickly.

The creative challenges are also immense, how to unfold a multilayered story through our available mediums. Realizing that, there is more than one understanding of truth and evidence, for instance, perspectives based on science, law, politics, economics and faith.

This is why Journalists are to develop keen interest in Science and Technology reporting. Because, science issues are especially important to cover.

This would not only clarify the issues that borders on the subject, but will also go a long way to clear the disillusionment between scientists and journalists, in order to create necessary awareness for the public to buy into the idea of the new technologies and its use.

The Project Administrator for Ghana Agricultural and Rural Development Journalist Association (GARDJA), Reuben Quainoo, intimated that, he believes in new innovations that will help local farmers to increase their crop yields.

GARDJA according to him was established with the sole aim to mobilize and organize more training and capacity building for its members and Media Organizations that are interested in agricultural, environmental and rural development to professionally inform the various publics to improve public opinion towards favourable policies, programmes and practices for agricultural and rural development efforts in the country.

Mr. Quainoo made these assertions in a sideline interview after the official launch of the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB) Ghana Chapter’s 2018 Media Awards dubbed, “Exemplary Journalism, Credible Science Reporting and better Public Understanding of Science Technology and Innovation” in Accra.

According to him, OFAB has really created a formidable platform for dialogue on the transformation of agriculture through quality information dissemination on agricultural biotechnology on the African continent.

He however, urged Journalists to always avail themselves for such awards and other important training programmes that will help them to get a broader understanding of technologies gearing towards Agriculture.

Adding that, Journalists understand their research better and so will have to build on the core competence to communicate their work to the lay people, through accurate reportage.

By:Sammy Adjei/Newsghana.com.gh

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