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.

The agreement was signed on the 20th October, 2017 at theCSIR-Crops Research Institute. Welcoming the participants to the event, the Director of CSIR-CRI, Dr. Stella Ama Ennin stated that this technology provides the Institute with clean planting materials and was hopeful that it will increase yield and incomes of farmers. She also urged the private sector to partner with the Intitute to move its technologies to more end-users.

An aeroponics unit costs about GHS 100 to establish. The CSIR-CRI through the CAY SEED project, will support each seed grower with GHS 43. It is hoped this initiative will contribute significantly to the Planting for Food and Jobs programme of the Government of Ghana.

The Director of the CSIR-CRI, Dr. Stella Ama Ennin (third from left) with some dignitaries at the ceremony

One of the seed growers signing the agreement with the Director of CSIR-CRI

One of the farmers expressing appreciation to the Director after the signing ceremony

Farmers in a group picture with the Director of CSIR-CRI and other staff of the Institute after the ceremony

The team visited the yam field at the Institute to observe harvesting of yam that had been grown using the aeroponics technology

Yam grown using the aeroponics technology being harvested

Farmers in a group picture with the Director of CSIR-CRI and other staff of the Institute after the ceremony