USAID in collaboration with the Government of Ghana and the National Seed Trade Association held its 8th Annual Northern Ghana pre-season planning and network forum at the Modern City Hotel, Tamale, on March 21, 2018. This event held under the theme “Quality Seed: Necessity for Food and Jobs” was to build a platform for stakeholders in the agricultural industry to meet and share ideas on the best practices to support and improve on the agricultural sector.
CSIR-SARI mounted an exhibition at the forum to showcase their numerous technologies. This attracted over 200 stakeholders to their stand, enquiring information on the various technologies being displayed. The frequent question asked was the cost and access for seeds.
The Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Food and Agriculture in charge of Crops, Hon Dr. Sagre Bambangi and Ms. Jenna Tajchman, USAID/Ghana Agricultural Sector Team Leader and other dignitaries paid a visit to the CSIR-SARI stand. They had an interest in knowing if CSIR-SARI was ready to support government programme of Planting for Food and Jobs initiative.
CSIR-SARI exhibited its various improved seeds of the various crop varieties and its hybrid maize. CSIR-SARI prides in climate smart agricultural research. With this in mind various maize varieties tolerant to drought and striga infestation, cowpea varieties tolerant to drought, striga and aphid infestation were displayed. Shorter duration varieties of rice and soya bean are being researched on and close to the release stage.