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New Delhi: Government of Ghana made a formal request in May 2010 vide a letter from the office of the Vice President seeking India’s support to set up Pilot Research Project for Tomato Production in Ghana.
The Objective of the Project is to conduct the problem oriented applied research in agro-climatic regions of Ghana with a view to evolve effective cultivation techniques and measures to achieve higher yield of good quality tomato under Ghana conditions as Ghana imports about 60% of their requirement from neighboring countries.
Accordingly, a Memorandum of Agreement was signed between NRDC and CSIR, Ghana in January 2013 for implementation of a pilot research project for tomato production in Ghana at three locations i.e. Kumasi, Ada and Navrongo with a financial assistance from Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India for the implementation of the project through NRDC. The project implementation in the field started in 2015.
Accordingly the cultivation in Green house and open field with different variety of seeds, irrigation methods, fertigation, etc. was completed at all the three sites in a 5 Acre farms. In spite of the challenges faced on the project a lot of learning processes has been gained that will improve tomato production in Ghana. Aside the high yield values, the Indian varieties presented higher fruit internal qualities and above all a very excellent shelf life.
In a glittering ceremony on 5th June 2017 at the auditorium of CSIR – Science & Technology Policy Research Institute (STEPRI), Ghana attended by Ms. Mavis Hawa Koomson, Hob’ble Minister for Special Development Initiatives, Mr. George Aduro, Hon’ble Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture, Mr. Papa Ekow Baterls, Representative of Minister of Trade & Industry in the presence of His Excellency Mr. B.S. Yadav, High Commissioner of India, Dr. Victor, DG, CSIR, Ghana, Dr. Girish Sahni, DG CSIR and Secretary, DSIR, Govt. of India and eminent scientists from India and Ghana. The Pilot Research Project for Tomato Production was declared successfully completed, by DG CSIR Ghana. The Project Completion document highlighting the Research findings was handed over to Dr. Victor, DG, CSIR, Ghana by Dr. H. Purushotham, CMD, NRDC in presence of the above dignitaries.
A compendium of “Technologies from India for Promotion of Entrepreneurship, Incubation, Start-ups, SMEs in Africa” consisting of more than 250 technologies was released by the Hon’ble Minister during the event.
The dignitaries present on the occasion has stressed for the need of the replicating of the project based on the success of Research Tomato project implemented by National Research Development Corporation, India for the benefit of Ghanian farmers.