December 04, 2022
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CSIR appeals to gov’t of Korea to support KOPIA Ghana Centre to achieve its objectives

The Director-General of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Professor Victor Agyeman, has requested the government of Korea through Mr. Lim Jung Taek, the Korean Ambassador to establish a long term collaboration to support the activities of one of its partners, the Korean Programme on International Agriculture (KOPIA) Ghana Centre. The KOPIA Ghana Centre has been set up to develop locally-adaptable technologies and seeds by sharing knowledge and experience as well as disseminate the technologies and practices to farmers in the rural areas. Professor Agyeman made the request when the Korean Ambassador paid a courtesy call on him in his office at the CSIR Head Office. Furthermore, the Director-General said the Council had exchanged mutual benefits from KOPIA Ghana Centre especially in terms of training local farmers on best farming practices, and as a beneficial, the Council also supported the centre with land for its farming activities.

He added that Korea had a lot of knowledge that should be tapped into in terms of modernised agricultural practices and machinery, and therefore appealed for the government of Korea to support the KOPIA Ghana centre to achieve its objectives. The Director-General stated that several farmers in the country practiced farming on a small scale and it is high time, they are equipped with the requisite knowledge to farm on a large scale and venture into commercialised farming. “So your Excellency, our request humbly is that your government will support KOPIA on a long term basis, not just the short term, so that we have a long term plan to see the benefits of the KOPIA centre”, Professor Agyeman appealed. He commended Dr. Kim Choong-Hoe, the Director of KOPIA Ghana Centre, who took office last year and his predecessor for working hard to make the centre achieve its objectives. “It will be unfortunate if three years, four years, and they say the programme has ended. We need to see the benefit on a long-term basis and I think that is what we believe to be a more sustained collaboration”, Professor Agyeman said. In his response to the request of the Director-General, Mr. Jung Taek said “I will try my best”. Professor Agyeman expressed appreciation to the government of Korea for supporting the Council over the years. Dr. Kim Choong-Hoe also thanked the government of Korea and said there were several programmes underway to help local farmers. The Director-General and the Korean Ambassador exchanged gifts to signify the continuous working relationship with the government of Korea. Among the key staff at the Director-General’s office were, Mrs. Genevieve Yankey, Director of Administration, Mrs. Josephine Geraldo, Director of Internal Audit, and Head of Corporate Affairs Division, Ms. Benedicta Nkrumah-Boateng. 

Mr. Junk Taek, the Korean Ambassador (left) presenting a branded Korean diary to Professor Victor Agyeman, the Director-General of CSIR (right). With them are Mrs. Josephine Geraldo (2nd left), the Director of Audit, and Mrs. Genevieve Yankey (2nd right), the Director of Administration.

Source: Corporate Affairs, CSIR

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