What is the meaning of SARI?

SARI simply means – Savanna Agriculture Research Institute. It is one of the 13 Institutes under the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
What is SARI’s mandate?

SARI’s mandate is to provide farmers in the Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions with appropriate technologies to increase food and fibre crop production.
What is SARI’s Vision?

SARI’s vision is to become a lead research and development institution by making agricultural research responsive farmers needs and national development.
What is the mission of SARI?

SARI’s mission is to conduct agricultural research in northern Ghana with the aim of developing and introducing improve technology.
What is the motto of SARI?

SARI’s moto is quality research to improve livelihood, or our research your needs, your needs our research.
What are the core values of SARI?

The core values of SARI are: Discipline, Dedication, Reliability, Transparency, Term work, Hard work, Professionalism.
What is SARI’s research approach?

SARI uses a bottom up approach to their research activity which was adopted by in the early nineties. This is aimed at making SARI realize its research objectives in a practical and concrete term. It is also called farming system research(FSR)
What is the meaning of FSR?

FSR is the abbreviation for, farming system research. The approach emphasizes a thorough investigation of the circumstances of the farm household as a basis for determining the technical research programme. It also demands the implementation of research mainly on-farm and in collaboration with Ministry of food and Agriculture (MoFA) staff and NGOs in the field. To ensure a smooth and efficient implementation of FSR, SARI has established what are known as Farming System Research Groups (FSRGs) in the mandate area. These are groups with research scientists whose background cut across all the disciplines of agriculture – Crop Breeding, Agronomy, Entomology, Agricultural Economics, Soil Science, etc. These groups are: 1. FSRG – Upper West Region Farming Systems Research Group, located at Wa. 2. FSRG – Upper East Region Farming Systems Research Group, located at Manga near Bawku 3. FSRG – Northern Region Farming Systems Research Group, located at Nyankpala, the head office of SARI. However, there is another group at the station called the Scientific Support Group (SSG) that provides solutions on-station to problems without easy solution at the farm-level.
What are the areas that SARI works on?

SARI is well endowed with highly trained research scientists. Their contribution to the advancement of scientific knowledge in their specialized fields has been acclaimed at the international level through special awards and citations from world-renowned scientific bodies and association. The institute works on the following areas: • Plant Breeding: SARI works on finding new cultivars for their mandate crops. • Plant and Crop Protection: Entomology, Pathology, Nematology and Postharvest losses • Soil Science: Soil Physics, Soil Chemistry, Soil Microbiology • Agricultural Economics and Sociology • Agro meteorology
How does SARI commercialise its products?

In 1996 Parliament enacted Act 521 of 1996 that exhorts institutes within the CSIR to sell themselves; their scientists and, more importantly, the technologies that they have develop over the years. The thrust of the Act is to enable institutes of the CSIR to become financially self-supporting through the sale of their developed technologies to the private sector to strengthen their capacities and stimulate growth to the economy. Marketing Officers with the requisite competencies have been engaged by the Council to execute this aspect of her mandate. The thrust of the Act has enabled the institutes of the CSIR to become financially self-supporting through the sale of their developed technologies to the private sector to strengthen their capacities and stimulate growth to the economy.
What are some of SARI’s achievements?

a. Crop cultural Practices • Methods and appropriate time of planting crops for full utilization of available moisture and enhance growth even under droughty conditions • Appropriate methods of soil amendments with both organic an inorganic fertilizer for the maintenance of soil fertility under different cropping systems b. Crop Improvement SARI has worked on releasing several varieties to tackle the ever-changing environment of its mandate area. Some of these varieties are as follows: • Sorghum; (Naga White, Kapaala, Framida, Kadaga, NSV-1, NSV-2).Three of the sorghum varieties developed by SARI (Kapaala, Kadaga and Framida) have been tested and found to have excellent brewing qualities and is being used in the malt and beer industries. Indeed, Guinness Ghana Breweries Ltd., has come into an arrangement with SARI and seed growers in the mandate area to produce quality seed for farmers to produce grain on contract for them. Other breweries in the country are certain to follow the Guinness example in using sorghum for brewing purposes. • Millet:( Kanaati, Akad-Kom, WAAPP Naara, Naad-Kohblug and Afribeh-Naara) • Maize: (Wang Dataa, Ewul-boyo, Bihilifa, Sanzal-sima, Zonfabihi, Kunjor-Wari, Suhudoo, Wari kamana, Kpari faako and Tigli, Denbea, Similenu, Kum-Naaya, Wang-Basig) • Rice: (GR18, GR19, GR21, Digan, TOX 3107, TOX 3050, Katanga, Nabogu, Gbewaa) • Groundnut: (F-Mix, Sinkarzie, Chinese, Mani Pinta, Endorpo Munikpa, Nkatiesari, Gusie-Balin, Kpaneli ). • Soybean:- Salintuya I, Salintuya II, Jenguma, Quarshie, Afayak, Suong Pungu and Songda • Cowpea:- Valenga, Bengpla, Apaagbala, Marfo-tuya, Padi Tuya, Songotra, Bawutawuta and Zaayura. • Cassava:- Nyeri-Kobga, Eskamaye, Fil- Ndiakong

CSIR-SARI Frequently Asked Questions © June 2017