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CSIR-SARI Signs MoU with Tamale Technical University to collaborate in training students

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)-Savannah Agricultural Research Institute (CSIR-SARI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Monday 6th September, 2021 with the Tamale Technical University (TaTU) to commence among other activities, the provision of practical training to students of the tertiary institution.

The parties have also agreed to explore viable ways of promoting research and innovation among staff of TaTU and CSIR-SARI as well as collaborate to develop and mount demand-driven courses in agriculture and engineering.  

Additionally, both parties have concurred to create access for the use of facilities and collaborate for joint grant proposals for research.

The MoU was signed between Prof. Victor Kwame Agyeman, the Director-General (D-G) of CSIR in the presence of Dr. Samuel Saaka Buah, the Acting Director of CSIR-SARI and Professor Abass Braimah, the Vice-Chancellor of TaTU in the presence of Mr. Iddrisu Yakubu, the Registrar of the University at the D-Gs office in Accra. 

TaTU CSIR SARI MOU2

CSIR was established in 1958 and has thirteen research institutes. CSIR-SARI which is one of the institutes, is situated in Nyankpala near Tamale. It was established to support and promote cutting edge research to improved food and fibre crop production in northern Ghana with the potential to support the country’s socio economic development effort.

The TaTu is a tertiary institution accredited by the National Accreditation Board to provide higher education and undertake research in the fields of engineering, technical and vocational based disciplines, using practical and competency-based approach that would produce professionals for industry.

It was also was established in the Northern Region of Ghana under the Technical University Act, 2016 (Act 922) and the Technical Universities Amendment Act, 2018 (Act 974)

Source: Corporate Affairs Division, CSIR

‘Tolerate customers when they express frustrations at your product’

  • Responding to customer frustrations is critical in sustaining a business
  • Honey traders should consider their responses to frustrations and make amends if there is the need

Honey traders have been urged by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to be tolerant and ready to answer their customers’ frustrations if they want to sustain the consumption of their products.

  • Checking your COVID-19 status is very important to help you know how to manage the spread.
  • The Director-General and the staff of the CSIR Head Office undergo COVID-19 testing to know their status.

Prof. Victor Agyeman, the Director-General of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has led the entire staff at the Head Office to undergo COVID-19 testing on Thursday, July 22, 2021.

Don’t fear atomic energy - Dr. Afriyie urges Ghanaians

  • It is high time we turned our attention to atomic energy as another way of generating electricity.
  • There is no need to fear atomic energy since it has lots of benefits as compared with the usage of gas energy.

Dr. Kwaku Afriyie, the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology, and Innovation (MESTI) has urged Ghanaians to disabuse their minds about the fear of atomic energy as an alternative source of power generation.

  • Being visible as an organisation causes people to know what an organisation does and calls for products and services when needed.
  • The MESTI Minister urges CSIR to consciously improve its visibility to let the public know more about their exploits.

Dr. Kwaku Afriyie, the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) has urged the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to come out of their shells and make themselves more visible to the public.

Mr. Emmanuel Deteah, the Head of the National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI) in the Central Region is urging agribusiness players to adopt digital marketing platforms to promote their Orange Fleshed Sweet Potatoes (OFSP) businesses.

At a two-day workshop organised for agribusiness players in the Central Region on OFSP, Mr. Deteah, urged the need to embrace the new way of marketing on the internet and expand knowledge on the usage of smartphones to do marketing.

According to him, “Now, facebook has a number of features beyond just posting pictures and receiving many likes from your relations at the expense of your OFSP business. Nobody pays anybody to advertise on facebook”.

Dr. John Edem Kongor, a research scientist at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research-Food Research Institute (CSIR-FRI) is urging players within the agribusiness industry especially food processors and value chain actors to process Orange-Fleshed Sweet Potato (OFSP) into flour as a value addition component to what they produce to sustain consistent consumption.

He said the traditional methods used to prepare the OFSP including frying, roasting boiling may eventually create boredom and draw away consumers, hence processing the produce into flour and adding it to all kinds of foods should be the new way to sustain consumption.

  • We live in a noisy world where people are inundated with information 24/7. If you want to make sure your audience hear what you have to say, and take the actions you’re hoping for, you must be strategic in your communication.
  • MITA is to promote the discovery of improved technologies and facilitate exchanges and purchase-sale transactions between promoters and users of improved technologies.
  • Actionable communication is about inspiring others to take an action either on your or someone else’s behalf

Ms. Benedicta Nkrumah-Boateng, the Head of Corporate Affairs at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), has said that, a major hindrance in communicating agricultural technologies is due to public perception that science is difficult. 

  • CoP is a group of people who share a common concern, a set of problems, or an interest in a topic and who come together to fulfill both individual and group goals.
  • In many organisations, communities of practice have become an integral part of the structure of an organisation.

Communication experts from the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and eight West African countries have formed a Community of Practice (CoP) to discuss agri-tech related issues, share their challenges and learn from each other. 

  • We live in a noisy world where people are inundated with information 24/7. If you want to make sure your audience hear what you have to say, and take the actions you’re hoping for, you must be strategic in your communication.
  • MITA is to promote the discovery of improved technologies and to facilitate exchanges and purchase-sale transactions between promoters and users of improved technologies.
  • Actionable communication is about inspiring others to take an action either on your or someone else’s behalf  
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