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CRI trains yam farmers on new techniques

A field day has been organised for yam farmers selected from Ejura and surrounding communities to educate them on new techniques to help improve their production.

It formed part of activities of a five-year yam agronomy research project being undertaken by the Crop Research Institute (CRI) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

CRI introduces high yielding crops

Scientists at the Crop Research Institute (CRI) of the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) at Fumesua in the Ashanti Region have introduced high yielding, disease and draught-resistant crops into agriculture in Ghana.

CRI Ladies Club gives career guidance to students

The the Ladies Club of the Crops Research Institute (CRI) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR,) in collaboration with the American Society of Plant Biologists, has organised a sensitisation programme for Science and Home Economic students of the Adawomase Senior High School in the Ashanti Region.

The programme was aimed at educating the students on making the right choice of profession.

Hasten slowly with adoption of GMOs

The Ghana Public Health Association (GPHA) says Ghana should place itself appropriately to benefit maximally from Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), as the technology has a great potential to improve health, nutrition and food security.

It, however, cautioned that the country must move slowly, as the development, testing and release of GMO products must be appropriately regulated.

Women agricultural scientists break gender stereotypes

The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) reports that over two-thirds of all women in Africa are employed in the agricultural sector, producing nearly 90 per cent of the food on the continent. In addition, research by African Women in Agriculture Research and Development (AWARD) on women in agriculture in 125 African agricultural institutions found that although women produce, process and market most of Africa’s food crops, only one in four agricultural researchers is female.

Plant Breeders Bill not related to genetic modification

The Director of the Crop Research Institute (CRI) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Dr Hans Adu-Dapaah, has said the Plant Breeders Bill has nothing to do with genetic modification and urged the House to pass the bill.

He said the bill currently before Parliament was a positive development which sought to address the interests of plant breeders, as well as promote agricultural productivity.

Dr Adu-Dapaah was speaking at a workshop for former Members of Parliament (MPs) on the benefits of the bill in Accra yesterday.

Patronise govt-approved spray for cocoa farms

The Offinso Municipal Cocoa Chief Farmer, Nana Kwaku Duah Agyeman, has advised members of the Offinso branch of the Ghana Cocoa, Coffee and Shea Nut Farmers Association and cocoa farmers in general to patronise the government-approved spray to improve yield.