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We Have No Research On Our Shelves – CSIR

The Director-General of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Dr Victor Agyeman, has spoken against the notion that many of the country’s research findings are gathering dust on shelves.

While it is the generally held belief that development efforts are being held back by the lack of appreciation for the work done by the country’s research institutions, Dr Agyeman said the lack of connection between research and development was due to the weaknesses of the private sector.

He said since 1996, the CSIR had had an Act which indicated that it had to work with the private sector and commercialise.

IFAD Rolls Out Cassava Flour Project

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has rolled out a project to support the inclusion of cassava flour in bread and other confectioneries towards improving food security and the livelihoods of farmers.

The project is to be executed through two IFAD grants; “Enhancing the Competitiveness of the High Quality Cassava Flour Value Chain (HQCF) in West and Central Africa” and “Improving Quality, Nutrition and Health Impacts of Inclusion of Cassava Flour in Bread Formulation in West Africa (Ghana and Nigeria)”.

Agriculturists meet on yam development

Agricultural scientists from Ghana, Uganda and Nigeria have met to develop high-yielding yam seeds that are disease-resistant. The effort is targeted at enhancing yam production for both the local and international markets.

The project, which is on a pilot basis, will take 36 months to complete and will cost about $4 million. It will involve improving the quality and productivity of about 3,000 smallholder farmers in eight growing communities, particularly in Ghana and Nigeria.

The project is on the theme: “Community action in improving farmer-saved seed yam,” and is being co-ordinated by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

Kofi Annan Promotes Consumption of Sweet potatoes

A former United Nations Secretary General, Mr Kofi Annan, and his wife, Nane, are collaborating with the International Potato Centre (CIP) to intensify a campaign on the consumption of sweet potatoes to improve the health of women and children less than five years.

The campaign, which is also intended to create wealth, is targeted at reaching at least 500,000 households in Ghana with resilient nutritious sweet potato by 2020.

2015 AGRITECH to help eliminate post-harvest challenges in Ghana

The Embassy of Israel will on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, hold a breakfast meeting for government officials, agricultural companies, big farmers, agro-processors, financial and investment institutions.

It will focus on agriculture and major private and public sector players in the field of agro-business and the media to serve as a briefing session on the prospects and projections of participation in Agricultural Technology (AGRITECH) 2015 in Israel. 

Trial of new cotton variety positive in 3 northern regions; But no commercialisation yet

A scientist at the Yam and Cotton Breeding Programme of the Savanna Agricultural Research Institute (SARI), Dr Emmanuel Chamba, has confirmed that Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) cotton trials in the three northern regions of the country have yielded positive results.

“What we did was that we had a quarter hectare Bt cotton and a quarter hectare non-Bt cottonlying side by side. We did that in six locations in the three northern regions,” he said.

Don’t settle displaced people on our land — CSIR

WORKERS of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on Friday hit the streets of Amasaman in the Greater Accra Region to protest what they described as “an attempt by the Ga West Municipal Assembly to give the institute’s land to the displaced residents of Sodom and Gomorrah.”

Numbering about 500, the workers, wearing red armbands and holding placards, marched through the principal streets of Amasaman and converged on the 19 acres where the displaced residents of Sodom and Gomorrah would settle.