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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  

The Crops Research Institute (CRI) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has honoured former UN Secretary-General, Mr. Kofi Annan, posthumously for contributing towards research into new varieties of sweet potatoes by naming one after him.

The late Mr. Annan, a commercial potato farmer himself, founded the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) to support institutions with funding to improve on the production of the crop.

Through his efforts and support, the institute, between 2017 to now, has come out with about seven new varieties, one of which has been named "Kofi Annan."

The AGRA is an organisation dealing with agricultural products in Africa.

Broadly, it deals with improving agric products and supporting local farm owners and labour.

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Soil Research Institute (SRI) converts all its analogue soil maps of Ghana from analogue formats to a digitized platform to support the development of a Digital Agricultural Innovation Hub (DAIH). This is to help accelerate agricultural innovation and facilitate access to agricultural technologies. The soil maps in Ghana can now be accessed on https://csirsoilinfo.org/

The “Digitized Soil Maps” platform developed by The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Soil Research Institute (CSIR-SRI) in collaboration with the Modernising Agriculture in Ghana (MAG) project has been unveiled at a workshop in Accra.

Addressing participants at the workshop, Professor Paul Bosu, the Deputy Director-General, said: “adequate knowledge and soil type information is crucial for sustainable agriculture and let me quickly add that it is not only about agriculture but also a myriad of other uses which time would not permit me to go into”.

The Soil Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has completed an exhaustive process of digitising the entire soil map of Ghana.

The process involved converting the soil maps of Ghana from analogue to digital formats and making this digital information available online.

The analogue soil maps were easily exposed to damage and were not easily accessible by key stakeholders spread far and wide in Ghana and across the globe.

The conversion of the analogue maps to the digital form is, therefore, expected to assist stakeholders, especially, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), to build a more modern agricultural system for the country.

The web-based platform that has all the digitised soil map is www.csirsoilinfo.org.

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.

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR ) with support from the Canadian government through the Modernising Agriculture in Ghana (MAG) programme held a capacity building workshop for the media under the ‘ CSIR  knowledge series’  programme at its Head Office in Accra.

The overall objective of the ‘CSIR  knowledge series ‘ programme is to build the capacity of the media to become better advocates of science and research as part of efforts to rebrand the Council and enhance its visibility. One of the outputs of the training is to constitute and nurture press corps to champion the dissemination of CSIR’s strength in science, technology and agricultural research.

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