A 2017-2018 annual analysis on the agricultural value chain in 10 regions, has identified issues of inadequate storage facilities, poor road network and high cost of inputs as major constraints that confront Ghanaian farmers.

Mr Emmanuel Agyei Odame, Deputy Director, Directorate of Agricultural Services, Ministry of Food and Agriculture, who disclosed this at the opening of a two-day national coordinating workshop for the Research-Extension-Farmer-Linkages Committee (RELCs) said a total of 603 and 527 different constraints for years 2017 and 2018 respectively, were identified in the analysis.

He said the 2017 and 2018 annual RELCs analysis done on the agricultural value chain in the 10 former regions of Ghana, also revealed the issues of poor marketing, unavailability of simple processing machines to process, package and sell excess food, high cost of feed, drugs and vaccines, and land encroachment as other factors militating agriculture production.

Also, inadequate veterinary services, fall army worm invasion, high cost of labour, among others were problems that confronted the agricultural sector.

He said the data from the 2017 and 2018 indicated that some solutions were provided, but there were still many to be addressed.

However, Mr Odame said the government, together with the Canadian government was working with the researchers of the CSIR and other extension officers to provide solutions that would enhance agriculture productivity and the lot of farmers.

He said the government was addressing the challenges through the provision of improved seeds and fertilizers, especially under its flagship programmes like the planting for food and jobs, among others. 

The government, he said, was also establishing storage facilities around the country for especially, rice farmers to store their produce, while the establishment of ware houses were being explored.

Mr Kwaku Owusu Baah, the Technical Adviser, Modernising Agriculture in Ghana (MAG) programme,  a Canadian government funded project, called for a closer collaboration between researchers and policy makers and implementers to achieve the mandate of food security for the country.

He emphasised on the need to strengthen synergies and bridge the communication gaps between research and institutions, including the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, to avoid “working in silos”.   

He said the Canadian High Commission was prepared to make more funding available through the MAP programme to aid the improvement and promotion of the communication among researchers and institutions.

The RELCs meeting afforded the participants the platform to discuss issues of research, and bring to the fore, policy issues emanating from RELC planning sessions and outcomes of RELCS activities for 2018/2019, and plan for the year ahead.

The RELCs is an interface between the National Agricultural Research System (NARS) and the National Agricultural Extension System with a primary purpose of making extension services delivery demand-driven and responsive to the needs of the value chain actors.

It is an important platform that ensures that agriculture technology and innovations were transferred to farmers for their application and ensuring that research addressed the needs of farmers in the short, medium and long term scenarios.

SOURCE: GNA

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The Council for Scientific and Industrial and Research (CSIR) has held a special thanksgiving service to round off its yearlong 60th anniversary celebration activities, under the theme ‘CSIR- 60 Years of Research with Impact for Sustainable Development.’

The service which was held at the forecourt of CSIR head office was officiated by Rev. Dr Cyril Fayose, the General Secretary of the Christian Council.

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Source: Corporate Affairs Division, CSIR, Head Office

Food Processing operations are a significant source of waste generation, a major user of energy and a contributor to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

A retired Director of Administration of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Mrs. Elieen Odartei Laryea has charged administrators of public institutions to stay abreast of modern trends in particularly the use of information technology and financial management systems to ensure efficient running of public organisations. Mrs. Odartei Laryea who joined the CSIR in 1976 and retired over thirty years later, made this call as guest speaker at the Conference of CSIR administrators held in Accra recently.

While calling for convergence of practitioners on sound professional standards to be referenced in administrative manuals, she asked administrators to give room for human discretion which settled on tolerance in all engagements among staff.

The Director of Finance of the Council, Mr. Emmanuel Ofosu Brakoh who chaired the function said, all the CSIR institutes are walking the financial tightrope and called for the need to vigorously advance commercialisation of CSIR activities and technologies to increase internally generated funds.

Questions on promotions and performance assessments dominated the open forum session. The Director of Administration, Mrs. Genevieve Yankey, the Director of the CSIR- Institute for Scientific and Technological Information, Dr. Seth Manteaw and the Deputy Director of CSIR-Water Research Institute, Dr. William Agyekum were in the seat to answer questions on promotions and performance assessment which dominated the open forum session.

Delegates for the conference were drawn from all the 13 CSIR Institutes and the Head Office in Accra.

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Source: Corporate Affairs Division, CSIR, Head Office

The Ambassador of the State of Israel to Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone, Her Excellency Madam Shani Cooper-Zubida on has paid a working visit to the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Accra. It was to explore areas for collaboration between her country and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Ghana’s premier institution for scientific research.

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