CSIR-CRI PAIRED Project Donates 20 Roller Planters to Ten Innovation Platforms in Ashanti, Bono, and Bono East Regions to Increase Crop Productivity
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The CSIR-Crops Research Institute’s Partnership in Agricultural Research Education and Development (PAIRED) Project has donated twenty Roller Planters to ten Innovation Platforms (IPs) in Ashanti, Bono, and Bono East Regions in Ghana. 

The Innovation Platform is an association of value chain actors and stakeholders working to share their knowledge and find solutions to a common problem.

The donation took place at a short ceremony on Thursday, 20th October 2022, at CSIR-Crops Research Institute (CRI) in Kumasi.

In his welcome address, the Director of the Institute, Prof. Moses Brandford Mochiah, expressed gratitude to CORAF for supporting the CSIR-CRI PAIRED project to build the capacity of the IPs, culminating in the presentation of the Planters to the farmers.

He urged the beneficiaries to put the planters to good use to boost crop production in their communities.

The Director said that several improved crop production technologies have been developed by the CSIR-CRI and urged the government of Ghana also to support farmers with mechanization equipment to modernize agriculture. 

The Coordinator of the PAIRED project at CSIR-CRI, Dr. Jonas Osei-Adu, said that for farmers to improve crop productivity, they need to be introduced to mechanization, hence the presentation of the planters to the IPs. 

Representatives of the IPs recounted the benefits they had derived from the PAIRED project. These include receipt of improved maize seeds and capacity building in seed production, and good agronomic practices.

List of Contributors: Dr. Jonas Osei-Adu, Linda Agyeman.