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.

CRI loses 100 workers in 4 years; Tells govt to lift embargo on employment

The Crops Research Institute (CRI) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has appealed to the government to lift the embargo on employment to enable the institute to replace its ageing workers.

Within four years, the institute has lost 100 workers, mostly experienced scientists, some of whom have resigned, while others have gone on retirement. The situation is likely to be aggravated by the fact that many more scientists are about to go on retirement.Currently, the institute has a workforce of 700.

Savanna Agricultural Institute to enhance rice production

The Savanna Agricultural Research Institute (SARI) has secured a $1 million World Bank grant to enhance local rice cultivation in the northern ecological zones of the country.

Dubbed the “System of Rice Intensification (SRI),” the three-year project seeks to train rice farmers on the correct  rice farming practices to ensure higher yields. It is being implemented by SARI in collaboration with the West African Agricultural Productivity.

Local farmers to benefit from GH¢90 million agric subsidy

Farmers are to benefit from a GH¢90 million subsidy on fertiliser and seeds this year, the Minister of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), Mr Fifi Kwetey, has said.

At the 2015 Fertiliser and Seed Subsidy Programme in Accra last Monday, Mr Kwetey said the subsidy would target smallholder farmers cultivating maize, rice, sorghum and millet, emphasising that food crop farmers would be given the priority.

Currently, the government is subsidising fertiliser at about 21 per cent.