By: Gideon Kwame Sarkordie Osei
The Ghana cluster of the AICCRA (Accelerating Impacts of CGIAR Climate Research for Africa) project has presented improved seed varieties to farmers in three Districts in the Bono East region.
The districts; Kintampo North, Kintampo South and Techiman North are part of the projects areas across Ghana. The project covered about 22 communities, 12 districts and 31 demonstration sites in the Upper East and West regions, Northern, Bono East, Greater Accra and Central Regions.
The seeds varieties were developed by CSIR- Crops Research Institute, Kumasi and CSIR- Savannah Agricultural Research Institute, Nyankpalaand they are Cowpea and maize varieties.
The presentation was done on behalf of AICCRA by Dr. Joseph Adomako, Plant Pathologist/Nematologist CSIR-Crops Research Institute. He said that, the seeds were a compliment to other bundle of services provided to the farmers under the project. He admonished the lead farmers to plant the seeds as a demonstration to other farmers to adopt the use of such improved varieties which are high-yield and climate-resistant.
20 farmers from each District received the seeds, making 60 farmers over all in the three Districts. The farmers were excited to have benefited from the package.
Madam Yajim Shaibu from Adomano in Kintampo North said, “I have been waiting for so long to lay my hands on these improve seeds to try them and see the difference they bring. Today I am so happy to have finally have them”.