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

donors in countries such as Canada, USA among others who most often have a specific interest.

She indicated that, research into the recent invasion of Fall Army Worms (FAWs) in most parts of the country has not received much support from local stakeholders. This, she said has led to the lack of adequate research into breeding crop varieties resistant to the phenomenon.
“This Fall Army Worm menace is our problem. It is not a Canadian or American problem. We shouldn’t sit and wait for the Government of Canada or America to come solve it for us. It might take forever”, she said.
The event which was held as part of activities to mark the 60th Anniversary of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), was under the theme “CSIR-60 years of Research with Impact for Sustainable Development: The Role of CSIR-CRI” and attracted farmers, traders, researchers, industry persons as well as students.
Various scientific presentations were made by all stakeholders after which they were all led to visit the crop fields at the Institute.  Stakeholders expressed delight at the technologies exhibited on the field and promised to support the Institute in various ways.
 
CSIR-CRI Director, Dr. Stella A. Ennin, explaining a point to participants during a visit to the maize fields.
A plant breeder, Dr. Kwadwo Adofo taking participants through activities currently on-going at the sweetpotato field.
The Biotechnology division of the Institute was there to showcase how yam seedlings can be produced using tissue culture techniques
Participants were led through the fields by the Director of CSIR-CRI, Dr. Stella Ama Ennin
Dr. J.N. Berchie of CSIR-CRI educating the team on the importance of using fertilizers in cassava production
A section of participants at the Open Day