The CSIR-Crops Research Institute has engaged stakeholders in agricultural research to emphasize the need for local support towards agriculture. At its recently held “Open Day 2018” which came off on Tuesday, 24th July, 2018, the Director of CSIR-CRI, Dr. Stella Ama Ennin, bemoaned the lack of local funding for research. She revealed that most research projects engaged in by the Institute are funded by foreign
donors in countries such as Canada, USA among others who most often have a specific interest.
“This Fall Army Worm menace is our problem. It is not a Canadian or American problem. We shouldn’t sit and wait for the Government of Canada or America to come solve it for us. It might take forever”, she said.
The event which was held as part of activities to mark the 60th Anniversary of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), was under the theme “CSIR-60 years of Research with Impact for Sustainable Development: The Role of CSIR-CRI” and attracted farmers, traders, researchers, industry persons as well as students.
Various scientific presentations were made by all stakeholders after which they were all led to visit the crop fields at the Institute. Stakeholders expressed delight at the technologies exhibited on the field and promised to support the Institute in various ways.