Actors in the agricultural sector invited to be innovative
Economic news for Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Stakeholders in the agricultural sector urged to be innovative in solving challenges related to the sector.
Dr Roger Kanton, coordinator of the Partnership for Agricultural Research, Education and Development (PAIRED) project at the Scientific and Industrial Research Center – Savannah Agricultural Research Institute (CSIR-SARI), said policymakers had to take into account innovations when implementing agricultural policies to promote food safety and security.
Dr Kanton said this during a three-day national PAIRED project training for farmers and researchers on innovative platforms in West Africa, in Tamale.
He noted that innovation in the agricultural sector would provide opportunities for agricultural producers to increase their productivity and also strengthen their capacities to better manage natural resources.
Dr Kanton called on the government and the private sector to work together to strengthen agricultural innovation systems to promote good agricultural practices among farmers to produce quality products that would meet global market standards.
Dr Jonas Osei-Adu, PAIRD project lead facilitator, said innovation was essential to improve food production and called on farmers to be practical and innovative to increase food supply to boost the country’s economic development. .
Mr. Kouame Kouadio, program assistant for the West and Central Africa Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF), advised farmers to be innovative to meet critical food security challenges in West and Central Africa in this era of COVID -19.
He highlighted the PAIRED project and said the project aimed to strengthen Africa’s largest sub-regional research organization to facilitate technology scale-up and increase the production and availability of agricultural inputs. quality for West African farmers.
Mr. Kouadio added that the project would also improve crop varieties, integrated soil fertility and integrated pest management practices to reduce challenges in the agricultural sector in West and Central Africa.