Ghana: Scientist advocates investment in local seed production

A chief research scientist has said the country must stop the importation of seeds and rather invest in local seed production to make Ghana self-sufficient in food production.

The Deputy Director-General of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Prof. Marian D. Quain, who said this, explained that this would enable the country to attain food sufficiency and take it to the next level.

“We’ve been importing seeds of maize, seeds of tomatoes, and all that we grow, especially hybrid seeds. But if we stop the importation and invest in the production of seeds locally, it will help us,” she said.

“We don’t have money as a research organization to mass propagate or to multiply and get a lot of the seeds to go across the country to plant everywhere,” she added. Prof. Quain, who was speaking in an interview with the Daily Graphic, said the country was not paying much attention to agriculture, crops, and crop varieties, adding that if the country did that, it could move away from seeds importation, have enough food for citizens, and enough to export to generate foreign exchange.


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