December 04, 2022
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Source: GNA  

The Crops Research Institute (CRI) of the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has trained 110 farmers in Asesewa in the Upper Manya Krobo District to combat cassava viral infections.

The training dubbed, "Together let’s save our cassava," also featured agriculture extension officers who were taught on the impacts of cassava mosaic virus disease, which has proven to be transmitted by whiteflies and cuttings.

The seriousness of the virus disease and its adverse impact on food security and nutrition moved the CRI to step in and assist local farmers to be able to manage it properly and shore up cassava production.

BY: Elizabeth Nyaadu Adu

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), has inducted into office a new Director-General, Professor Paul Pinnock Bosu, at a ceremony in Accra.

The event which was the 7th induction of the Director-General of the CSIR was attended by some past Director-Generals of the Council, directors of the 13 Research Institutes under the council, civil society organisations and other personalities. 

Delivering his inaugural address last Friday, Prof Bosu said said about 800 acres of land that belongs to the CSIR Animal Research Institute (ARI) at Frafraha has been encroached on with 200 acres left for the institute.

He therefore appealed to the government to help recover and protect their lands across every part of the country.


Two new early maturing and climate-smart rice varieties have been introduced to rice farmers at Nyariga, a community in the Bongo District of the Upper East region.

The AGRA and Banse rice varieties are high-yielding and pest tolerant.

The farmers were also introduced to the best agronomic practices, including seed selection, transplanting, fertilizer application, pest control, and harvesting, among others.

The Savannah Agriculture Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIRSARI) developed and released the varieties as part of the implementation of the Integrated Pest Management Using Rice Varieties and Good Agronomic Practices project.

By Albert Oppong-Ansah

A total of 249,373 hectares of forest reserves and plantations, equivalent to over 600,000 average football pitches, were lost to bush fires between 2011 and 2021, data from the Forestry Commission has indicated.

The fires occurred mainly in Savannah and the transitional zones, which include areas in Sunyani, Juaso, Lawura, Yendi, parts of Upper East, Walewale, Bibiani, Buipe, Begro, Mpraeso, Goaso, and Bole districts.

Scientists said the annual bush fires posed serious threat to the food security of the country if comprehensive steps were not taken to deal with them.

By: Daniel Oduro-Stewart, Contributor

The Bono East regional directorate of the Department of Agriculture in collaboration with the Crop Research Institute( CRI) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research( CSIR) has organized a 2-day training of trainers’ workshop for 16 extension officers on disease and pest management in garden eggs, cabbage, pepper, groundnuts, cowpea and soybean in Atebubu.

The exercise which was under the ‘Modernizing Agriculture in Ghana’ program covered all eleven districts in the region and had one groundnut farmer, one garden eggs producer, and the crops officer for the host district also participating.

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