Agricultural workers, environmental practitioners and workers in industry who require information on the soil to enhance their work, would soon benefit from a mobile application which would offer them detailed information about the soil type in any part of the country at the press of a single button.
The App being worked on by the Soil Research Institute (SRI) of the Center for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is currently at a very advanced stage but requires critical financing for the project to be completed.
The Director of the Research Institute, Prof. Mohammed Moro Buri, disclosed this to the Public Accounts Committee on Monday, September 07, 2020 when the institutions under the CSIR appeared before the Committee to answer queries on the Report of the Auditor General on the Public Accounts of Ghana on Public Boards, Corporations and other Statutory Institutions for 2017.
“We are currently working on it and it is in an advanced stage. But it is the financing that is the major thing which some organizations are giving us the necessary support such as Modernizing for Agriculture in Ghana (MAG) programme funded by the Canadian government. If that funds come as we planned, it is likely that by the end of the year, it would be made available,” he indicated.
He later told Parliamentnews360.com in an interview that due to the dynamics of Information exchange and information flow, the use of modern technology has now become very critical for the survival of the CSIR so that people will get to adopt scientific ways of doing things.
He explained that, “the app is a platform that would explain to land users, particularly, farmers on how good or bad a particular site is for a particular crop. And therefore if that is determined, we can now come out with recommendations on how that site can be managed.”
According to the SRI Director, the App is basically going to be on the soil profile and would also be interactive so that they can give follow up recommendations.
“When you get the soil profile then you will now determine what you want to grow. If you determine what you want to grow and give us the feedback then we would give you that advice based on the soil conditions that exist within that area
The Director justified the need to charge a token fee for the use of the App to generate some amount of resources to take care of other expenses which may arise.
“Currently we don’t receive any finances for goods and services, particularly our utility bills and electricity is the highest utility bill that we have. Therefore in order to maintain what we are coming up with, we need financial support and that is why we are going to charge a small token. It is not going to be so high, but for those services people would have to pay some token in order to be able to maintain our facilities.”
Source: Clement Akoloh||africanewsradio.com\parliamentnews360.com