May 17, 2022
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Farmers in four districts of the Volta Region have doubled their revenue and increased productivity by 61% from the cultivation of improved cassava in three years, a study has revealed.

Each of 187 farmers in the districts of Ho West, Adaklu, Central Tongu, and Ho Municipal who had adopted the improved cassava variety under the “Modernising Agriculture in Ghana project” (MAG), increased their revenue from GH5,040 in 2017 to 10,662 in 2020 averagely.

The study was conducted by the Science and Technology Policy Research Institute (STEPRI) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and disclosed in a MAG dissemination workshop held on December 21, in Accra.

Meanwhile, the non-adopters on average had increased revenue from GH 3,405 in 2017 to 4,702 in 2020.

The MAG project was a five-year initiative introduced in 2017 to provide budgetary and technical support in response to the objectives of food and agricultural sector development policies, productivity, and value chain management issues to increase farmers’ incomes and livelihoods.

By Daniel Amoo

The government has committed to a set of 31 adaptation and mitigation actions in its nationally determined contributions (NDC) to be achieved through its support flagship of “10 year climate actions” agenda.

The agenda seeks to put the country on a sustainability pathway and contribute to the global efforts to lower global temperatures below 1.5⁰C by reducing greenhouse gas emission

This was an outcome of a private investment mobilization capacity training workshop in alternative urban waste management, organized by CSIR –Institute of Industrial Research (CSIR-IIR) held in Accra, on Tuesday.

The two-day pilot capacity training workshop was attended by 17 stakeholders drawn from MMDS and other private organizations in Accra.

Speaking at the workshop on Tuesday, Mrs. Maame Adwoa Bentuma Animpong, the project leader from CSIR-IIR announced that it was meant to bring on board the private sector participation, investment and to assist in adaptation to ensure not polluted and safe for living.

By Jonathan Donkor 

A scientist with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Dr. Eric Ashalley, has invented a biosensing device that detects and categorizes various bacteria and viruses, including SARS COV-2 (COVID-19 virus).

The United States Patent Office has subsequently awarded the nanoscience and technology research scientist, who works with the Institute of Industrial Research (IIR) of CSIR, a patent, granting him ownership of the device.

Currently, CSIR is looking at channels to locally manufacture this device to augment the government's effort in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic since the accuracy of the device to detect the COVID-19 virus is 99.87%.

  • CSIR-RSA 32nd Annual General Meeting and 3rd scientific conference have been held with a call on research scientists to think about innovation.
  • The adoption of drone technology has been recommended as an intervention to reduce manual application of dangerous chemicals on farms.
  • Long periods spent in piloting technologies have been strongly discouraged.
  • Research Scientists have been challenged to prioritize living legacies.

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Research Staff Association (RSA) has held its 32nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) and 3rd scientific conference with a call on research scientists to consider innovation as a significant step to advance development of science and technology in the country.

  • A delegation from GNCCI has paid a courtesy call on the Director-General (D-G) of the CSIR to discuss business opportunities and strengthen relationship.
  • One of the key functions of the CSIR is to transfer its technologies and innovations to support the private sector for industrial growth.
  • GNCCI is established by a Legislative instrument with the mandate to ensure the growth and profitability of businesses in Ghana

Executives of the Accra Branch of the Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GNCCI) has paid a courtesy call on the Director-General (D-G) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

  • The Deputy Director- General of CSIR is advising the youth to venture into snail farming since the business is profitable.
  • There is a market for snails both locally and internationally due to its delicacy and medicinal benefits.
  • Forty participants including staff of the National Youth Authority, Agricultural Extension Agents and farmers have benefitted from a day’s training in snail farming.

Prof Paul Bosu, the Deputy Director-General of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has urged the youth to consider snail farming as an avenue for generating income.

  • A number of local plant breeders and research scientists have had to deal with ownership rights of their breeds from people who ‘steal’ their works without acknowledgment.
  • Local Plant Breeders will soon have no cause to worry as CSIR has commenced advocacy for the implementation of the PVP system.
  • The PVP system is a law that seeks to protect the intellectual property rights of breeders of new varieties of plants. 

CSIR-SARI Signs MoU with Tamale Technical University to collaborate in training students

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)-Savannah Agricultural Research Institute (CSIR-SARI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Monday 6th September, 2021 with the Tamale Technical University (TaTU) to commence among other activities, the provision of practical training to students of the tertiary institution.

‘Tolerate customers when they express frustrations at your product’

  • Responding to customer frustrations is critical in sustaining a business
  • Honey traders should consider their responses to frustrations and make amends if there is the need

Honey traders have been urged by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to be tolerant and ready to answer their customers’ frustrations if they want to sustain the consumption of their products.

  • Checking your COVID-19 status is very important to help you know how to manage the spread.
  • The Director-General and the staff of the CSIR Head Office undergo COVID-19 testing to know their status.

Prof. Victor Agyeman, the Director-General of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has led the entire staff at the Head Office to undergo COVID-19 testing on Thursday, July 22, 2021.

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