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CSIR - Crops Research Institute holds its 2015 In-House Review

The CSIR Crops Research Institute (CSIR-CRI) Kumasi held its annual In-House Review, from 9th- 12th March 2015 at the institute’s conference room, Fumesua Kumasi. The main objective of this exercise is to provide a platform for researchers to showcase their achievement so far with regards to set targets in research activities and to present plan of activities for the year.

The review session also provides an opportunity for discussion on research activities and results. Young researchers are afforded the opportunity to learn from the more experienced ones at this forum during discussion time. Over sixty (60) researchers, Technicians and invited guest participated in the programme.

Among dignitaries present at the review were the Director-General of CSIR Dr. Victor Agyeman who was the Chairman for the occasion, the Deputy Director-General of CSIR Dr. RoseEmma Mamaa Entsua Mensah, the Deputy Board Chairman of the institute Mr. Thomas Gambrah, Director of CRI Dr. Stella Ama Ennin, and three former directors of the institute; Dr. Otoo, Dr.Asafu-Adjei, and Dr. Adu-Dapaah

The Director of CRI, Dr. Stella Ennin welcomed all the dignitaries and participants to the five day Review Session. She then presented the new vision of the institute as follows “to become a centre of excellence for agricultural research, innovation and capacity building for development'. She stated the mission of the Institute, which was to develop and disseminate environmentally -sound technologies. This would be achieved through five strategic thrust as listed below;

¡  Innovation Systems Research: Integrated Agricultural Research for Development (IAR4D)

¡  Communication

¡  Commercialization

¡  Capacity building

¡  Systems and procedures

She noted that the capacity of young researchers will be improved to facilitate the achievement of sustainable food and industrial crop productivity to enhance food security and poverty reduction. In highlighting the contribution of agriculture to GDP, she indicated that food and industrial crops contributes more to Ghana’s total GDP than cocoa and oil. She stated CSIR CRI by its mandate is well positioned to play a leading role in Ghana’s Agricultural vision.

As a consequence, there is the need to strengthen the Institute's ability to develop improved agricultural technologies and to be a leading actor in the development of crop varieties given the caliber of researchers within the institute. The Director-General of the CSIR who also served as the Chairman of the occasion , in his opening remarks said that the Council is repositioning itself to enable it deliver on its mandate and also generate more revenue to support research and development activities within CSIR. He encouraged researchers to develop new technologies that can be patented and not only for publications.

During the opening day, three RELC Coordinators made presentations on activities they have undertaken in 2014 and planned activities for 2015. A number of researchers also made presentations of activities on various research topics and achievements across crop commodities. The presentations that were of key interests because of support granted under West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP) covered the following commodity areas; Rice; Mr. R. K. Bam, Mr. G. K. Acheampong, Dr. E. Annan-Afful and Dr. Maxwell Asante, Maize; Mr. K. Obeng-Antwi, Mr. Martin Tengan and Mr. F. Coffie Danso, Horticulture; Mr. Michael K Osei, Mr. K. Offei Bonsu, Mr. Paul Mintah and Mr. Solomon K. Darkey, legumes especially cow pea and bambara groundnuts among other crops.

At the review session it was observed that a variety each of tomatoes and papaya that are resilient to climate change are being developed for release. The researcher expressed the hope that when these climate resilient varieties are released, it will go a long way to boost the supply of Tomatoes and Papaya in the country. The rest of the presentations for the remaining days were mainly on Root and Tubers; Dr. Joe Manu-Aduening, Dr. Regina Sagoe, Mr. E. L. Omenyo, Dr. Emmanuel Otoo and Mr. Peter Appiah Danquah, legumes and Oil Seeds; Dr. Stephen Amoah, Dr. J. Y. Asibuo, Mr. K Adjei-Bediako and Dr. Hans Adu-Dapaah, Plant Health; Dr. J. N. L. Lamptey, Dr. Emmanuel Moses, Dr. Allen Oppong and Dr. Grace Bolfrey-Arku,  Biotechnology/ Seed Technology/Food Science/ Biochemistry; Dr. (Mrs.) Mariah D. Quain, Mrs. Ruth N. A. Prempeh and Mr. Henry Akrofi Doku, Resource and Crop Management; Dr. J. N. Berchie, Mr. P. Osei Bonsu and Mr. Eric O. Danquah, among others.

It was noted from day two presentations that six new cassava varieties are ready for release by April 2015. The National Varietal Release Committee has already inspected and certified the varieties for release. These proposed varieties are high yielding and more resistant to diseases than the four varieties released earlier. The lead scientists, Dr. Joseph Manu Aduening a senior research scientist at the Crops Research Institute indicated that, among the clones to be released is a special one impregnated with vitamin A bitter carotene (yellow flesh). This particular variety has enormous health benefits especially for growing children and would solve the problem of having to add oil palm to gari. Another variety is one that is highly sought after by the brewery industries and hence with a high commercial value. When these varieties are released it would bring the total to ten cassava varieties released by CSIR CRI since 2010.


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