“So we are doing our best to support the cotton industry, but we cannot do it all y ourselves. We need more funding to be able to increase our activities and support for farmers,” he appealed.
He added, “When it comes to cotton production, the problem is not about the yield but the quality of the fibre to be produced. All these require equipment to be able to release quality seeds and as a research institution, we need the machines to ensure that we can effectively deliver on our mandate.”
On his part, Deputy Director of SARI, Dr. Roger A. L. Kanton assured of the institute’s commitment towards scaling-up its crop improvement activities, as part of efforts to ensure that the nation becomes self-sufficient in food production.
He said SARI would continue to develop crop varieties that that can withstand tough weather conditions, pests and climate change.
“We conduct research into food and fibre crop farming in northern Ghana for the purpose of introducing improved technologies to enhance agriculture productivity. Our goal is help our farmers to increase their volumes and value,” he added.
Dr. Kanton further noted that the institute also embarks on training programmes in seed production for seed growers, supervision and provision of facilities for post-graduate and under-graduate training and offering of practical training for university and polytechnic students on attachment basis.