CSIR Gets New Director General

The Director-General of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Dr. Victor Kwame Agyemang, has pledged to be fair and firmCross Section of CSIR-CRI Staff with DG in his dealings with all staff of the CSIR, in his effort to lead CSIR to deliver on its mandate and build on successes achieved. The DG was speaking at a ceremony where he was introduced to the Director and staff of the CSIR-Crops Research Institute at Fumesua by the immediate past Director-General, Dr. Abdulai Baba Salifu.
“CSIR cannot function well without its staff,” he said. “You are one of our most important assets, and I know, as Director-General, I can count on your cooperation to succeed”. The Director-General promised to pursue an open and transparent administration that will ensure the involvement of all key sectors of the CSIR in decision making.

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INTRODUCTION
The CSIR-Crops Research Institute (CSIR-CRI) was established in 1964 and is one of the 13 Institutes of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) of Ghana.

VISION
To become a Centre of Excellence for Agricultural Research, Innovation  and Capacity Building for Development.

MISSION
Develop and disseminate environmentally sound technologies and build capacity for sustainable food and industrial crop productivity to enhance livelihoods.

GOALS
The goals of CSIR-CRI are to:
. Develop and disseminate appropriate technologies that are demand driven and acceptable to   end users.
. Promote and strengthen strategic partnerships with relevant stakeholders to enhance the generation of solutions to challenges in agricultural research,technology development and transfer.
. Improve institutional capability to undertake effective research and service delivery to enhance agricultural productivity.
. Enhance research and technology delivery through efficient mobilization and management and operating procedures and systems as a means of ensuring efficiency in research delivery.

MANDATE
The research mandate of CSIR-CRI covers the following food and industrial crops:
. Cereals (maize and rice)
. Legumes (cowpea, soybean, groundnut and Bambara groundnut)
. Roots and tubers (cassava, yam, sweet potato and cocoyam)
. Horticultural crops  
-Plantain and banana
- Tropical fruits (citrus, mango, avocado, pineapple, cashew and pawpaw)
- Vegetables (pepper, garden eggs, tomato, onion and leafy vegetables)
. Industrial crops (rubber, sugar cane and tobacco).