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CSIR-CROPS RESEARCH INSTITUTE HOLDS A THREE DAY TRAINING WORKSHOP ON AFLATOXIN

CSIR-Crops Research Institute in collaboration with the United State Agency for International Development (USAID) has organized a 3-day training workshop on “Breeding for Aflatoxin Resistance with Marker Assisted Selection”.
The workshop which took place from October11-October13, 2017, commenced with an opening ceremony at the Agricultural Productivity Technology Centre (APTC) of the CSIR-Crop Research Institute, Fumesua-Kumasi. The occasion witnessed over fifty participants comprising both research scientists, staff of the institute and students from Ghana, Nigeria, Niger and Burkina Faso.
Speaking at the occasion, the acting director of CSIR-CRI Prof. Emmanuel Otoo said the training was aimed at providing participants with intensive hands-on training on breeding for aflatoxin resistance with marker assisted selection — from DNA extraction to data analyses.
The course instructor, Dr. Marilyn Warburton of (USAID) in her opening remarks stated that chronic consumption of aflatoxin-contaminated foods and feed poses significant threats to both human and animal life. She lectured the participants on the topic, “Integrating Molecular Markers into Plant Breeding”. The lecture highlighted Genotype Identification/Fingerprinting, Genetic Diversity/relationship studies, Molecular mapping etcetera as some importance of using molecular markers.

CSIR-CROPS RESEARCH INSTITUTE SUPPORTS YAM GROWERS

One major constraint to yam production in Ghana is the availability of quality seeds to farmers. To mitigate this situation, the CSIR-Crops Research Institute (CSIR-CRI) has through its CAY SEED projects signed an agreement with six yam seed growers to establish seed yam multiplication centres.

These growers; Heritage Seed (Tamale), Fosuah Food Chain (Accra), Baba Agro (Atebubu), Savanna Yam Exchange (Accra), Naa Seini Enterprise (Tamale) and Hope Rural Investment (Bechem) have all received training from the Institute on an advanced seed production technique termed “aeroponics”, that is “growing yam in the air”. The seed growers are expected to use this technology to produce quality seeds for farmers.

CSIR-CRI CROP VARIETIES APPROVED FOR RELEASE

A number of crop varieties developed by the CSIR-Crops Research Institute have been recommended for release by the National Varietal Release and Registration Committee. The committee inspected rice and sweetpotato fields developed by researchers of the Institute on 30th August, 2017.
The Institute presented six (6) lowland rice varieties and three (3) varieties of sweetpotato for release. After the filed inspections and presentations by the lead scientists, Dr. Maxwell Asante and Dr. Ernest Baafi, all six rice varieties were recommended for release. The Committee also recommended two out of the three sweetpotato varieties.

CSIR-CRI RELEASES TARO, GROUNDNUT AND CASSAVA VARIETIES

The National Varietal Release and Registration Committee (NVRRC) has recommended a number of crop varieties developed by the CSIR-Crops Research Institute for release. The committee inspected the Institute’s taro, groundnut and cassava fields on 20th July 2017.
Four (4) taro varieties were presented for release. After field inspections and a presentation by the lead scientist, Dr. Ernest Baafi, all four taro varieties were recommended for release by the Committee. This is the first time taro varieties have been released in Ghana.

CSIR-CRI SCIENTIST WINS SCIENTIFIC EXCELLENCE AND INNOVATION AWARD

Dr. Ernest Baafi, a Research Scientist of CSIR-Crops Research Institute (CSIR-CRI), Ghana is the winner of the maiden Scientific Excellence and Innovation Award, 2017.

His paper, “Exploitation of Genetic Potential of Sweetpotato for End-user Traits Improvement” was adjudged the best scientific sweetpotato paper for 2016. The announcement was made at the just ended 8th Annual Technical Meeting of the Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiative (SPHI) in Tanzania.

CSIR-CRI ORGANISES TRAINING IN ROOT AND TUBER ENTREPRENEURSHIP DEVELOPMENT

The CSIR-Crops Research Institute has over the years organized several international research and training programs to enhance the capacity of various actors in the crop production chain.  The Agricultural Productivity Technology Centre (APTC) of the institute in collaboration with the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Program (WAAPP), recently organized one of such international workshops with the aim of enhancing entrepreneurship development in root and tuber crops production in the West Africa sub – region. The workshop took place at the CSIR-Crops Research Institute from 17th to 28th July, 2017. A total of 28 participants from 14 different West African countries including Mali, Senegal, Gambia, Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Togo, Niger, Liberia, Nigeria and Ghana were taken through series of technological training and other business-oriented programs in entrepreneurship.

DEPUTY SECTOR MINISTER VISITS CSIR-CROPS RESEARCH INSTITUTE

The Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Mrs. Patricia Appiagyei has expressed excitement at the level of research activities taking place at the CSIR-Crops Research Institute and has called on government to pay particular attention to the Institute concerning its “Planting for Food and Jobs” and “One district, One Factory” policies. The Deputy Minister made these comments when she paid a working visit to the Institute on Monday, 14th August, 2017.