Food Research Institute holds Open Day

Mrs Alice Padie (left) briefing Mrs Appiagyei (third from right) and other officials from FRI at the exhibition

Mrs Alice Padie (left) briefing Mrs Appiagyei (third from right) and other officials from FRI at the exhibition

The Food Research Institute (FRI) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) yesterday held its Open Day, with a call on government to accelerate investment in science and technology.

That according to the Director of FRI, Professor (Mrs) Mary Obodai, was the only way to make scientific research a top priority of the country.

The event which was on the theme, ‘Transforming the agro-food industry through research for sustainable food and nutrition security in Ghana’ sought to showcase the research activities of the institute as part of the 60th anniversary celebrations of the CSIR.

The FRI, she explained, needed a robust engagement with the public to re-establish trust and confidence in new solutions to the country’s scientific food problems.

The Director said the entity which started operations in 1965 has since blossomed into a full–fledged research institute with focus on four main areas including: Food product development, the production and construction of food processing equipment, improved rural technology, the training of students from the country’s tertiary institutions including entrepreneurs, farmers and quality control officers and individuals.

Prof Obodai, indicated that research programmes are also in roots and tuber products, cereals, grains legumes, fruits, vegetables and spices, fish, as well as meat and dairy products and technology business incubation.

She said for the institute to become a centre of excellence it must generate technologies that are responsive to the demands of the private sector for socio-economic development and was therefore working to support government with highly qualified technical staff for the satisfaction of all stakeholders.

Prof Obodai urged the country’s universities and research institutions to open up their facilities to senior high schools (SHS) to deepen school specialisation in science.

“We would like to see many more universities and research institutions share their teaching expertise with the SHS in order to maximise the country’s scientific capacity.”

The Deputy Minister of Environment, Science and Technology and Innovation (MESTI), Madam Patricia Appiagyei charged the institute to renew its contract with the citizenry to keep  the flame of the CSIR alive.

She bemoaned the production challenges faced by farmers which she explained must be addressed if any meaningful impact is to be made in the drive towards food nutrition security.

Madam Appiagyei commended the staff of CSIR on successes chalked so far and urged them  to do more to address production challenges hindering the work of Ghanaian farmers which include low yield, pest and disease infection, poor quality planting materials, limited irrigation and low market access and the low application of technologies.

 

 

 

 

 

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