The Government of Ghana (GoG) is highly focused on developing the industrial sector of Ghana as machinery and equipment needed for the One District One Factory programme is being manufactured in Ghana. This development was expressed by the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation during his speech at the open day of the Crop Research Institute (CRI) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. The open day of the CRI of the CSIR focused on the theme: “Enhancing agricultural research for food security and job creation”.
As part of the plan to make Agriculture a strong hold for the Ghanaian economy, the government is exploiting all possibilities to give out enough support to credible practitioners and technicians to come up with machineries necessary for local industry development. The minister also indicated that this plan of the government will be rolled out via establishment of foundry, computer and numerical control (CNC) facilities and food machine centers. Additionally, he mentioned plans of supplementing the power supply for agricultural sectors by building capacity and providing support to the Institute for Industrial Research to enable them to produce hydrogen from fuel cells.
The CRI of the CSIR open day was a platform to exhibit diverse and most importantly – improved varieties of crops, including yam, plantain, groundnut, pepper, and potato which were developed by the unit. More to it, Dr. Stella Ama Ennin, Director of CRI, highlighted that their unit is in the preparatory stage of giving out about 116,800 kilograms of improved maize, rice, soybean and pepper to registered seed companies for the production of 5,000 hectares of high quality certified seeds in support of the government’s ‘planting for food and job’ programme.