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CSIR - Crops Research Institute holds 2015 Annual 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.

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A one-day seminar had been held by the Veterinary Services Directorate (VSD) for butchers in the Accra Metropolis to upgrade their skills to be able to churn out safe, disease free and fresh quality meat for public consumption. To achieve this objective, participants were taken through proper handling of the animals from the farm gate, their transportation to slaughterhouses, pre-slaughter, slaughter and post slaughter stages.The seminar, which was sponsored by WAAPP, brought together 68 participants from the Veterinary Services Directorate, the Butchers Association, Food and Drugs Authority, the Army and other stakeholders in the public health sector.

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Launching of WAAPP 2A for Mali

WAAPP Ghana Participates in the Launching of WAAPP 2A for Mali
WAAPP Ghana participated in the launching of the WAAPP 2A for Mali which was organized between the 8th and 10th of July 2014 in Bamako, Mali.

In a welcome speech, the National Program Coordinator extended greetings from the Hon. Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development to the World Bank, CORAF, Ghana and all participants. He urged participants to play their respective roles and responsibilities to transform agriculture in Mali.  He emphasized that the launching was also a platform to enable implementing partners learn lessons and fashion out modalities to develop the seed system (rice, potato, tomato) and livestock sectors. He also stressed the need to brainstorm for a breakthrough in crop-livestock integration, sustainable research funding and intensification of interventions in the northern parts of the country, which were mostly affected by the war.

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The West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP) has held a one-day sensitization workshop on e-Agriculture which is an internet-based platform for the effective and efficient dissemination of agricultural related information.

The platform enables agricultural experts, researchers, farmers, processors and all other stakeholders along the agricultural value chain exchange opinions and resources relating to agriculture.

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For the first time since its launch, the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP) participated in this year’s National Farmers Day celebration which was held at Sogakope in the Volta Region on 6th December, 2013. WAAPP mounted an exhibition of newly released root and tuber crops, grains, legumes as well as their composite products.

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Forum/Exhibition Held For Investors & Processors At CSIR-FRI

As part of WAAPP Ghana’s visibility agenda and effort to reach out to a multiplicity of stakeholders in Ghana, a one-day Investors’ Forum and Exhibition of WAAPP products was held at the CSIR-FRI on Tuesday 3rd September 2013. This was to create a platform for investors and agro-processors to acquaint themselves with some of the technologies and products developed under WAAPP for a possible uptake to boost commercialization of research results and help the project achieve some of its targets. The Forum/Exhibition held under the theme ‘Investor-Research Partnership for Improved Agricultural Productivity’ the forum/exhibition attracted a wide range of participants.

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World Bank commissions new office in Ghana

The Vice President, H.E. Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur on 13 August 2013 commissioned a new office building for the World Bank Group in Ghana with a call for increased collaboration between the Bank and the government for the benefit of the people.

In a statement by Mr. Jean Philippe Prosper, Vice President, sub-Saharan African, Latin America and the Caribbean, said the World Bank Group has supported Ghana’s development process with more than $8billion to help the government deliver services and build institutions and more than $2billion from the IFC for private sector investment.

Side attraction of the commissioning ceremony was the mounting of exhibitions by World Bank funded projects to showcase their results.

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Four improved sweetpotato varieties released

CSIR-Crops Research Institute, (the National Center of Specialization (NCOS) for research on root and tuber crops), released four improved sweetpotato varieties on December 18, 2012.  The release was endorsed by the National Variety Release Technical Committee (NVRTC).  Present at the ceremony were the National WAAPP Coordinator, scientists from CSIR-CRI and University of Education, Winneba, (Mampong campus), and representatives from the CSIR Head Office. 

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National Centre of Specialization Releases New Improved Crop Varieties

The National Variety Release Committee (NVRC) met at the National Centre of Specialization (NCOS) for research on Root and Tuber Crops (CSIR – Crops Research Institute) at Fumesua, on August 7, 2012, to decide on the approval or otherwise of some improved crop varieties that had been proposed for release by the NCOS.   The improved materials proposed for release were Maize (10) lines, Cowpea (4), Groundnut (4) and Cocoyam (4).

The meeting was chaired by Mr.  Addae-Manu, a Deputy Director of Crop Services Department (CSD) of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) who represented the Chairman of the NVRC, Mr. E. Asante-Krobea, Director of CSD, MOFA.  Present at the meeting were members of the WAAPP Steering Committee.

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CSIR-Crops Research Institute Holds Open Day

The CSIR- Crops Research Institute held an Open Day on October 26, 2011 at the Institute’s premises at Fumesua near Kumasi. The theme for the Open Day was “Harnessing Agricultural Research for National Development”.

The objectives for organizing the Open Day were to:
•    showcase the technologies developed by the Institute to increase the production of food crops such as maize, rice, cassava, yam, cocoyam and vegetables
•    give invited guests and the general public the opportunity to visit the Institute’s research laboratories and fields and
•    enable the general public to interact with the research scientists

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Useful Information

The WAAPP Coordination Unit in Ghana is the Projects Division of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) whilst the implementing agency is the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). The structures put in place to govern and manage the WAAPP in Ghana are the National Steering Committee as well as the NCOS Management Committee and the Competitive Agricultural Research Grant Scheme (CARGS) Board as the Implementing agency.