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 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%)

in order to support the local rice industry.

At a workshop organised by the CSIR-Crops Research Institute in collaboration with West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement, University of Ghana, Mr. Alhassan Imoro from the rice desk of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) informed stakeholders that the Ministry is working to attain rice self-sufficiency by the year 2025 despite the myriad of constraints within the sector. He asked Government to use the proposed 5% increment in the levy to set up a “rice fund” for the local rice industry. This he hopes will increase the capacity of local rice producers to produce more in order to achieve the self-sufficiency target by 2025. Stakeholders from various levels of the rice value chain such as producers, processors, marketers, service providers as well as policy makers were all present at the workshop and deliberated on the challenges in rice production, processing, consumption preference and marketing. The workshop also identified key solutions in addressing the challenges and also develop public-private collaborations for the transformation of the rice value chain.
The Project Coordinator, Dr. Maxwell Darko Asante, a Rice breeder and Senior Research Scientist at the CSIR-CRI stated the enormous potential Ghana has of achieving rice self-sufficiency if the challenges in research, production, processing and marketing are alleviated. “We consume over 1 million metric tonnes of milled rice yearly. However, 60 percent of this is imported and this is negatively affecting the economy”, he said.

Other solutions the workshop suggested included an improved seed and land tenure system, formation and strengthening of rice advocacy groups, timely release of credit to actors and the creation of a National Rice Policy Co-ordination Committee which will review various rice projects in order to avoid duplication and ensure the effective use of resources. The outputs from the workshop will  be submitted as a policy brief to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture .

The value-chain workshop is part of activities for an African Union and the European Union funded project  titled “Crop and Soil Health Improvement for Sustainable Agricultural Intensification Towards Economic Transformation in Sub-Saharan Africa”.

Mr. Alhassan Imoro (Rice Desk, MOFA) presenting an overview of the rice industry in Ghana

A section of stakeholders at the workshop

 The Project Co-ordinator, Dr. Maxwell Darko Asante speaking to the media after the workshop

One of the groups engaged in discussions during the break out session

A group picture of some participants after the workshop

Contributors
Bernard Sakyiamah, Maxwell D. Asante, Kwadwo Adofo, Priscilla F. Ribeiro, Allen Oppong, William Lelabi Kota

 

One of the groups engaged in discussions during the break out session