July 05, 2020
+233-302-777651- 4    dgsoffice@csir.org.gh      headoffice@csir.org.gh
CSIR Latest News

CSIR Latest News (62)

By Kwabia Owusu-Mensah GNA
Kumasi, Mar 08, GNA – About 40 percent of arable lands in illegal mining areas has become polluted and unsuitable for food production, Dr. J. O. Fenning, Director of the Soil Research Institute (SRI), has announced.

Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, Minister of Environment, Science Technology and Innovation (MESTI), has underlined the need for deliberate effort to utilize the expertise of the nation’s research scientists and locally developed technologies to drive national development.

The Director of Water Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has called for a review of the country’s water purification system, revealing the current system fails to remove harmful toxins produced by algae in fresh water sources.

The Council has already been granted an institutional accreditation to establish a College of Science and Technology (CCST) to run various science and research programmes at the graduate levels.

Ghana has no problem with water sources, but potable water sources are diminishing at such a fast rate that the country faces a looming water crisis by the year 2030, if conditions continue to persist.

In the late 1970s, the government opened the sluice gate for private participation in tertiary education. Since then, private and some parastatal institutions have established tertiary institutions.

Thirty agricultural technologies, including the release of high-yielding varieties of crops to ensure increased food production in the country, have been developed through the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP).The programme completes the first phase of the 10-year adaptability initiative by the WAAPP. The second phase ends next year.

Six new improved cassava varieties developed by the Crops Research Institute (CRI) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to boost the nation’s food security and meet emerging industry demands, had officially been introduced.

CSIR-SARI RELEASE HYBRIDS MAIZE THROUGH MAIZE IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME : The Savanna Agricultural Research Institute (SARI) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research is mandated to provide farmers in the Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions with appropriate technologies to increase their food and fibre crop production based on a sustainable production system which maintains and/or increases soil fertility.

Page 4 of 5
© 2020 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). All Rights Reserved.