The Director of the Ghana Soil Research Institute (SRI) of the Center for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Prof. Mohammed Moro Buri has told the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament that his outfit has contributed immensely to the increased food security in the country.
According to him, the nature of the activities of his outfit puts it at the fore front of food production in the country with the provision of well researched information on the soil resources of the country and also generates the right technology needed to be adopted for its effective management.
“Quite recently we hear that there is increased production in food of all sorts of crops in the country. That is because most of our recommendations, particularly in the field of newton management, fertilizer in particular is working. And therefore the excess food that we see in the market, the quality food that we see in the market, partially come from the information we provide,” the Director claimed.
The Director made the claim when he took his turn at the Public Accounts Committee on Wednesday, September 7, 2020 to provide answers to audit queries contained in the Report of the Auditor General on the Public Accounts of Ghana on Public Boards, Corporations and other Statutory Institutions for 2017.
Speaking in an interview with Parliamentnews360.com at the sidelines of the public sitting, the Director of the Soil Research Institute, Prof. Mohammed Moro Buri justified the credit he claimed for his institution for what has been largely attributed to the Planting for Food and Jobs programme being implemented by the President Akufo-Addo led Government.
According to him, whatever the Planting for Food and Jobs programme has achieved, it is as the result of the research information the institute has been providing for the proper management of the soil which produced the food crops. Thus providing the soil profile and the right fertilizer suitable for particular crops among others.
“If you look at the Planting for Food and Jobs, they are using information that CSIR has generated. The soils that they are growing on; the fertilizer type they have to use; the grade of fertilizer they have to use; the type of varieties they have to use comes from CSIR and Soil Research is part of the CSIR. So when I say that, it is based on the grounds that whatever information they are using is coming from the CSIR,” he noted.
The Soil Research Institute (SIR) is an arm of the Center for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) dedicated to the conduct of research to generate information and technology for the effective management of the soil resources of the country in the fields of agriculture, industry and the environment.
Source: Clement Akoloh||africanewsradio.com\parliamentnews360.com