Dr. Maxwell Asante, a rice breeder at the Institute won the research staff of the year award, while Miss Matilda Frimpong and Miss Esther Dwomoh won in the senior and junior staff categories respectively. The Director’s Special award for 2017 went to Mr. Jonas Osei-Adu whose tremendous work at the Institute was applauded by all.
Other awardees included 2017 retiring staff and outgoing Heads of Divisions. A special citation was given to Mr. Lawrence K. Mensah who has served the Institute for so long and has been transferred to the CSIR-FORIG.
THE CROPS RESEARCH INSTITUTE (CRI) OF THE COUNCIL FOR SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH (CSIR) GHANA ANNOUNCES AN MPHIL PLANT BREEDING AND BIOTECHNOLOGY PROGRAMME IN NOVEMBER 2017
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Ghana has received accreditation from the National Accreditation Board to run post-graduate degree programmes with a more practical orientation. The CSIR-Crops Research Institute, the largest of the 13 Institutes of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research announces an MPhil Plant Breeding and Biotechnology programme in November, 2017. More information on the programmes and registration forms can be accessed through its website www.cropsresearch.org; www.ccst.edu.gh.
CSIR-Crops Research Institute (CSIR-CRI) and others have received the Best Maize Breeding Team, 2016 award under the project, Stress Tolerant Maize for Africa (STMA). The team representing Ghana was coordinated by Dr. (Mrs.) Priscilla Francisco Ribeiro, a research scientist from CRI who received the AWARD on behalf of Ghana. The other organizations are; CSIR Savanna Agriculture Research Institute (SARI), Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), Savanna Seed Service Company, M&B Seed Company and Antika Seed Company. They received a cash prize of three thousand US dollars (US$3000) and a plaque.
The Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Mrs. Patricia Appiagyei has expressed excitement at the level of research activities taking place at the CSIR-Crops Research Institute and has called on government to pay particular attention to the Institute concerning its “Planting for Food and Jobs” and “One district, One Factory” policies. The Deputy Minister made these comments when she paid a working visit to the Institute on Monday, 14th August, 2017.
One major constraint to yam production in Ghana is the availability of quality seeds to farmers. To mitigate this situation, the CSIR-Crops Research Institute (CSIR-CRI) has through its CAY SEED projects signed an agreement with six yam seed growers to establish seed yam multiplication centres.
These growers; Heritage Seed (Tamale), Fosuah Food Chain (Accra), Baba Agro (Atebubu), Savanna Yam Exchange (Accra), Naa Seini Enterprise (Tamale) and Hope Rural Investment (Bechem) have all received training from the Institute on an advanced seed production technique termed “aeroponics”, that is “growing yam in the air”. The seed growers are expected to use this technology to produce quality seeds for farmers.