Our Mandate

CRI has a broad research mandate covering all food and industrial crops. These include maize, rice, Cowpea, soybean and groundnut. Others are Cassava, Yam, Cocoyam, Sweetpotato, Vegetables and Fruit crops, plantain and bananas.

Mission

Develop and disseminate demand-driven technologies and build capacity for sustainable food and industrial crops productivity to enhance livelihoods.

Vision

To become a Centre of Excellence for Agricultural Research, Innovation  and Capacity Building for Development.

CSIR-Crops Research Institute Engages Smallholder Farmers in Ashanti Region

The quest to reduce Ghana’s rice import bill has informed rice breeding activities of the CSIR-Crops Research Institute (CSIR-CRI) within the last decade. The Institute continues to breed for improved rice varieties in order to increase productivity on smallholder farmers’ fields. Smallholder farmers have benefitted from the institute’s breeding activities and over the years and on Friday, 13th September, a team from the rice section of the cereals division of the Institute, engaged farmers from Atwima Nwabiagya district in the Ashanti region.
About thirty-two (32) rice farmers from the district were introduced to forty-five (45) new rice lines received from the African Rice Breeding Task Force (AfricaRice). The lines were planted at Sokwai for participatory varietal selection. After field observations and comparisons with the variety they were currently cultivating, the farmers three (3) lines they considered their “best” and which they would be willing to cultivate next planting season. Seeds of the selected lines will be made available to farmers.
Dr. Maxwell Darko Asante, a rice breeder at the CSIR-CRI and his rice breeding team emphasized that such meetings were necessary to constantly introduce farmers to new result-oriented technologies. He stressed the need for farmers to benefit directly from agricultural research outputs.

POST-GRADUATE STUDENTS OF THE CSIR COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (CCST) SUCCESSFULLY DEFEND THESES

The first cohort of the M. Phil (Plant Breeding and Biotechnology) students of the CSIR College of Science and Technology have successfully defended their theses. The five students, Mr. Maxwell Lamptey, Mr. Joseph Gyau, Nana Kwame Sakyi, Miss Agnes Achiaa Aboagye and Mr. Isaac Tawiah have been taken through the various breeding programmes at the CSIR-Crops Research Institute, Kumasi and were well supervised by senior members of the Institute.

STUDENTS FROM ELON UNIVERSITY

Students from Elon University, North Carolina, USA visited CSIR-CRI on 18th January, 2019 to familiarize themselves with Research activities at the Institute as part of their study abroad programme in Ghana.

TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH: CSIR-CROPS RESEARCH INSTITUTE ENGAGES FARMERS AND INDUSTRY PLAYERS

The CSIR-Crops Research Institute has engaged stakeholders in agricultural research to emphasize the need for local support towards agriculture. At its recently held “Open Day 2018” which came off on Tuesday, 24th July, 2018, the Director of CSIR-CRI, Dr. Stella Ama Ennin, bemoaned the lack of local funding for research. She revealed that most research projects engaged in by the Institute are funded by foreign

CSIR-CRI SCIENTIST WINS BEST NATIONAL PARTNER PRESENTATION AWARD

Dr. (Mrs.) Priscilla Francisco Ribeiro, a research scientist with the CSIR-Crops Research Institute received the best national partner presenter award after she gave a presentation on behalf of Ghana’s Stress Tolerant Maize for Africa (STMA) team on the occasion of the annual STMA project meeting in Harare, Zimbabwe.
As the national coordinator for the STMA project, Dr. Ribeiro’s speech highlighted progress of major

CSIR-CCST ANNOUNCEMENT

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

COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF A ONE-DAY RICE VALUE CHAIN STAKEHOLDERS’ WORKSHOP HOSTED BY THE CSIR-CROPS RESEARCH INSTITUTE, FUMESUA, KUMASI.

INTRODUCTION
The one-day stakeholders’ workshop was successfully held at the APTC Training Centre of the CSIR-Crops Research Institute (CSIR-CRI) at Fumesua on Wednesday, 3rd April, 2019 under the theme “Strengthening the Domestic Rice Industry in Ghana. This workshop was organised as an activity under the African Union (AU) and European Union (EU)-sponsored project “Crop and Soil Health Improvement for Sustainable Agricultural Intensification Towards Economic Transformation in Sub-Saharan Africa”. The

CSIR-CRI HONOURS OUT-GOING DIRECTOR AT SEND OFF PARTY

It was all bliss and joy at the send-off party organised by the CSIR-Crops Research Institute on the 7th of March, 2019 to honour the out-going Director, Dr. Stella Ama Ennin, who was gracefully bowing out of public service after 34 years. The occasion which also marked her 60th birthday saw friends, family, colleague scientists, staff of the Institute and other well-wishers congratulate her and share memories of their relationships with her.
Also present at the ceremony were the Director-General (DG) of CSIR, Prof. Victor Owusu Agyeman, members of the Institute’s

AGI CALLS FOR INCREASED COLLABORATION BETWEEN RESEARCH CENTERS AND INDUSTRY

The Ashanti/Brong Ahafo Regional Chairperson of the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI), Mrs Afua Gyamfua Owusu-Akyaw has called for increased collaboration between the industry and the various research centers in the country.
She made the comments during the “Open Day” event of the CSIR-Crops Research Institute, at Fumesua, Kumasi. The event which came off on 20th July, 2018, was organized as part of activities to mark the 60th anniversary of the CSIR.

WORKSHOP ON IMPROVED POSTHARVEST HANDLING TECHNOLOGIES FOR GHANA’S TOMATO INDUSTRY

A workshop was held at CSIR-Crops Research Institute, Fumesua Station, on 20th September 2017 to disseminate improved handling technologies for Ghana’s tomato industry. Key stakeholders involved were Farmers, Agricultural Extension staff, Traders and Transporters. Participants were drawn from three (3) districts within Ashanti and Brong-Ahafo Regions (Akomadan, Agogo and Atebubu). The workshop was organized under the auspices of the Korea Africa Food and Agriculture Cooperation Initiative (KAFACI) Horticulture Postharvest Project.

CSIR-CROPS RESEARCH INSTITUTE (CSIR-CRI) AND PARTNERS WIN AWARD

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

CSIR-CROPS RESEARCH INSTITUTE ORGANIZES A VALUE-CHAIN WORKSHOP ON STRENGTHENING THE DOMESTIC RICE INDUSTRY IN GHANA

Various actors along the rice value chain in Ghana have called for an increase in the import levy placed on rice importation in the country. Currently, importers of rice pay a 20 percent (20%) levy on the value of their imports. The Government of Ghana has been advised to increase this to 25 percent (25%)

CSIR APPOINTS NEW DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL

CSIR APPOINTS NEW DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has appointed Prof. Paul Pinnock Bosu as its

CSIR-CRI SCIENTIST WINS AWARD AT THE 20TH INDUCTION CEREMONY OF THE GHANA INSTITUTION OF ENGINEERING

Ing Dr. Patricia Oteng-Darko, a Research Scientist of the CSIR-Crops Research Institute has won the best candidate award in the “Mech/Agric/Marine” Technical Division of the engineering professional examination during the 20th induction ceremony of the Ghana Institution of Engineering (GhIE).
At the ceremony, one hundred and twelve (112)

AFRICAN SCIENTIFIC RENAISSANCE DAY CELEBRATION

Fall Army Worm invasion: Crops Research decries lack of support

Director of CSIR-CRI. Dr. Stella A. EnninThe Crops Research Institute is decrying lack of government support in fighting the Fall Armyworm invasion.

Director of the Institute, Dr. Stella A. Ennin, says the support received by the Institute is channeled into the screening of insecticides developed in other countries. Speaking at the Africa Scientific Renaissance day in Kumasi, she said research into breeding maize plants which are resistant to the

CSIR-CROPS RESEARCH INSTITUTE SUPPORTS YAM GROWERS

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