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27.07.2005 General News

Ghana gets €1.290m for agronomical research

GNA
Kusi (E/R), July 27, GNA- The Government of France has granted 1.290 million Euros to support agronomical research in Ghana. The fund would be used to support the fight against the lethal yellow disease, the St. Paul's Wilt, which is destroying the coconut industry in several coastal areas among others. This was made known by Professor Emmanuel Owusu-Bennoah, Director General of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). He was speaking at the inauguration of an 11-member Management Board of the CSIR Oil Palm Research Institute at Kusi in the Kwaebibrim District of the Eastern Region. Prof Owusu-Bennoah noted that the Board was being inaugurated at a time when the private sector had been given recognition as the engine of growth for the economic development of the country.
He said about a decade ago, the CSIR had been undergoing structural changes aimed at creating the enabling environment and appropriate methodologies for addressing private sector needs, more aggressively in its research activities.
Prof Owusu-Bennoah observed that, Ghana could not achieve its planned economic growth and poverty reduction objective without significant improvement in the performance of the agricultural sector through research and development.
He said research and development should provide a framework for modernizing agriculture and wealth creation.
The Director-General said the country could achieve economic growth and development by entering the global market with products that were in demand at international standards and at right prices. He said the support for Science and Technology needed to be intensified with the conviction that it was indispensable in the sustainable development of the country.
Dr Kwame Boa-Amponsem, the new Director of the Institute, observed that science played a meaningfully role in the socio-economic transformation of the country.
He said there was the need to harmonise the institute's activities with the vision of the government, which was aimed at reducing poverty, ensuring food security and improve livelihoods of farmers and the entire population as a whole.


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