A genetically engineered nitrogen-fixing rice variety could help Ghana earn USD 40 million annually if widely adopted, according to an economic assessment.
The GM “Newest rice” can utilize nitrogen from the atmosphere and is also water-use efficient, drought and salt-tolerant, and suitable for the two agricultural climates of the country. It is being developed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research of Ghana-Crop Research Institute.
Ghana is unable to produce enough rice and depends on imports to meet local demands. Factors that limit rice production in the country include a lack of technology and varieties adapted to the climate.
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