Resource us to produce more seed varieties for farmers – CSIR-CRI

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Farmers Project
Farmers Project

The Crop Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR-CRI) has called on the government to provide the needed resources to facilitate the production of enough breeder and foundation seeds for farmers.

Prof. Moses Brandford Mochiah, the Director of the Institute, who made the call, said the move would ensure farmers have access to quality and improved seed varieties.

He was speaking to the media after a team of officials from CSIR-CRI visited farmers benefiting from the CORAF- Partnership for Agricultural Research, Education and Development (CORAF-PAIRED) project at Nkwakyire near Derma in the Tano South District.

The team led by Prof. Paul Bosu, Deputy Director-General of CSIR, was in the community to monitor the progress of the project, which seeks to introduce farmers in the area to improved maize varieties developed by CSIR-CRI.

Farmers in beneficiary communities have been organised into a group, known as Innovation Platform (IP), and regularly engaged the officials of CRI on the advantages of patronizing improved maize seed fortified with quality protein and vitamin A.

They are also taken through best farming practices and how to support each other as a group to access credit facilities and benefit from government interventions.

As part of the project, the group under the supervision of CRI, has established a demonstration farm where various improved seed varieties have been planted alongside the local seed that the farmers had been planting over the years.

The idea is to demonstrate to the farmers the difference between the improved varieties and the local seed in terms of economic and nutritional benefits.

Prof. Mochiah made a strong case for adequate funding for the Institute to undertake research work to come out with new varieties that would meet the changing times of the climate.

“Also we need implements like tractors and irrigation facilities that will help us to do the planting and get the needed yield so the government should come to our aid,” he appealed.

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