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Ghana Agricultural News Digest – April 25, 2016

2016 April 25
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by Gladys Baaba Arhin

Below are some current developments on agriculture in Africa:

Harvesting Cassava in a Minute with TEK Mechanical Harvester
The pain and energy together with lots of time spent in harvesting cassava manually will soon be solved. This is because, a device developed by an agricultural engineer at the Agricultural Engineering Department of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) offers the solution to take away long time and labour that are associated with the process involved in manually harvesting the tuber crop. The device, called TEK Mechanical Cassava Harvester, simply assists farmers in harvesting roots and tuber crops in Ghana and sub Saharan Africa. Locally produced at the KNUST, led by Prof Emmanuel Bobobee, the TEK mechanical cassava harvester is an innovative device developed to commercialise large scale cassava production in Ghana and sub Saharan Africa. It is a tractor drawn device which must be attached to a tractor (at the back) to function. This innovative comes at a point in time when there is low level of engineering technology inputs into agriculture which is hindering modernization of agriculture and food production in Ghana and rests of Africa…

Government Calls for Stakeholders’ Meeting on Water
A Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr. Jonny Osei Kofi, has called for an emergency stakeholders’ meeting to address the water stress in the country resulting from the massive pollution of the country’s water bodies. “We should be able to call for a stakeholders’ meeting. I wouldn’t want the meeting to take place anywhere but the Flagstaff House, so that it does not appear as if it is one ministry’s problem or another because it is a national problem,” he said. Mr. Osei Kofi, who was speaking to research scientists at a Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) symposium on the state of Ghana’s water bodies, tasked the leadership of the research institution to arrange a meeting of stakeholders in the water sector at the Presidency in about 14 days to chart a way forward in the water sector…

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GSSP Publications 2015-2016

2016 March 8
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Report
Towards a Sustainable Soil Fertility Strategy in Ghana

Other Publications/Journal Articles

2016 March 8
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Other Publications /Journal Articles

Animal Traction – Potential and Constraints

 Understanding Food Policy Change in Ghana

 Strengthening Capacity for Agribusiness Development and Management in Sub-Saharan Africa

GSSP Publications 2015-2016

2016 March 8
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Policy Note

AFTER THE TEN PERCENT: Moving Agriculture in Ghana

 Synopsis: IS THERE FISCAL SPACE FOR CAADP IN GHANA?

 

Publications 2015-2016

2016 March 8
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Discussion Papers
Agricultural Value Chain Development in Practice: Private Sector-led Smallholder Development

 Ghana’s Macroeconomic Crisis: Causes, Consequences, and Policy Responses

 Smallholders and Land Tenure in Ghana