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.

IITA, NIGERIA YIIFSWA II TEAM MONITORING VISIT TO CSIR – CRI YIIFSWA II PROJECT

The Yam Improvement for Incomes and Food Security in West Africa project (YIIFSWA II) was initiated in 2017 in collaboration with CSIR-CRI and IITA. The project seeks to increase yam production by 30% in Ghana and Nigeria by establishing a robust seed yam system in both countries that uses a market based, integrated approach to deliver clean and quality seed yam of improved varieties to at least 320,000 smallholder farmers for long-term benefits. Also, it is estimated that 7,700 Seed Enterprises will supply approximately 247,000 hectares of ware yam in six (6) states of Nigeria and two (2) regions of Ghana by the end of the project.
The project has seen tremendous achievements benefiting the Private sector. The Institute has established a functional seed yam system to ensure continuous supply of clean planting materials to seed producing companies and farmers. The novel technologies by which quality planting materials are produced are Aeroponics, Hydroponics, Temporary Immersion Bioreactor and Plant Form systems, which are at the Biotechnology section. The Institute is in close contact with the Private sector providing training, technical backstopping and supplying clean materials to them to ensure adherence to quality standards and increased production. This year, about 6,342 seedlings have been supplied. The beneficiaries are Iribov Ghana, Fosua Food Chain, Hikma Agro and CSIR-SARI. There has also been advocacy and awareness activities with partners such as CIDA, MAG, FAO, AGRA and FARA to raise funding for upscaling of Seed Yam production.
The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture of Nigeria, to know the progress and achievements of the project paid a monitoring visit to the institute. The seven-member team led by Dr. Norbert Maroya and Dr. Beatrice Aighewi visited the Institute on the 25th of September 2020. In attendance was the Director of the Institute, Prof. Moses B. Mochiah and YIIFSWA team of CRI. Among the sections visited were the Molecular biology and Tissue culture labs, screen house and the field.  At the end of the programme, the team commended CRI for the great work done especially in the area of collaboration and empowerment of the sister institute (CSIE-SARI) and Private sector to ensure sustainability of the project when it is finally phased out. The major challenge the project faces is the unavailability of seed yam storage technologies, and quality of water for the Aeroponics system, which in future scientists working in that field of expertise will be contacted.

CSIR-Crops Research Institute Outdoors Pro-Vitamin “A” Maize Varieties

CROPS RESEARCH INSTITUTE INVESTS IN SOLAR ENERGY

The rising cost of electricity has been a huge constraint to research activities at the CSIR-Crops Research Institute in recent times resulting mainly from the high amounts of power needed to run the ultra-modern laboratories and other facilities at the Institute.

CSIR College of Science and Technology (CCST) Holds Inaugural Congregation Ceremony

“WORLD BEE DAY”: WHERE ARE THE BUZZERS?

“My son, they were all over the place. It was a common sight to see them on vegetation on edges of footpaths from the house through to the farm. Today, however, you will be lucky to count ten along the same stretch”. These were the words of a 70-year-old farmer when quizzed about the status of bee

CCST TO INCREASE OUTPUT OF POSTGRADUATE TRAINING IN GHANA

The CSIR College of Science and Technology (CCST) is targeting at least a ten-fold increase in the output of postgraduate training in Ghana within the next decade. This, the College believes will not only raise the nation’s economy but will also significantly contribute to sustainable development.

ALLEGED FRUITING OF APPLE AT WIAMOASE, ASHANTI REGION: CSIR-CROPS RESEARCH INSTITUTE DEBUNKS CLAIM

A team of research scientists from the CSIR-Crops Research Institute visited Wiamoase, in the Sekyere-South District of the Ashanti region to ascertain the veracity of the alleged apple fruiting in the community. The team included the Agona District