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In a significant step towards advancing agricultural research and promoting sustainable farming practices, the CSIR-Crops Research Institute has formalized a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Office of Nana Otukwa VI, the Chief Of Kwahu Asabi, Amankwakrom, Afram Plains. The partnership aims to foster collaboration in research, knowledge exchange, and technology transfer to enhance the productivity and livelihoods of members of the Anidaso Farmers Association in the Afram Plains North District. The association, a brainchild of Nana Otukwa VI, comprises two hundred (200) farmers of various crops within the district. 

The CSIR-Crops Research Institute, renowned for its research in crop science and agricultural innovation, will work closely with the Anidaso Farmers Association to address challenges faced by the local farmers and explore opportunities for sustainable agriculture. The Institute will provide high-quality planting materials and technical backstopping to members of the association to enhance its farming activities.  The CSIR-CRI will also be responsible for offering technical advice to the farmers, providing access to modern technological and innovative resources in farming, allowing the farmers access to its facilities during field trips, and training farmers in good agronomic practices for to reduce crop losses.

The MOU signing ceremony took place after a brief meeting between members of the association and the management of the CSIR-CRI.  Prof. Moses Brandford Mochiah, the Director of the CSIR-Crops Research Institute, expressed optimism about the collaboration, stating, “This partnership signifies a commitment to bridging the gap between scientific research and on-the-ground farming practices. By working together with the Anidaso Farmers Association, we aim to develop and implement solutions that are not only scientifically sound but also practical and beneficial for the farming community.”

Nana Otukwa Mpareko VI, indicated that the association views this collaboration as an opportunity to access cutting-edge research and technology. He was hopeful that through this collaborative effort, farmers would adopt good agronomic practices to improve crop production for enhanced revenue generation.

The partnership is expected to have a positive impact on the agricultural sector in the district leading to increased productivity, improved food security, and enhanced livelihoods for local farmers. Both organizations are committed to fostering a long-term, mutually beneficial relationship that contributes to the overall development of the agricultural community.

The CSIR-Crops Research Institute and the Anidaso Farmers Association look forward to leveraging their respective strengths to create a sustainable and resilient agricultural landscape, ensuring the well-being of farmers and promoting the long-term prosperity of the region.

Authors: Samuel Azuug Ndebilla, Bernard Sakyiamah, Dennis Gyasi Boakye, Enoch Bobie Agyemang