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CSIR yam seedling innovation to boost production

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Farmers can expect to have improved all year round yield of yam in the coming farming harvest seasons.

That is an assurance by the Director of Crop Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Dr Stella Ama-Ennin.

She spoke at the launch of an initiative on pre-basic seed yam production.

It is known as the Yam Improvement for Income and Food Security Aeroponics Screen House and System.

Aeroponics is the process of growing plants in mid-air in a moist environment without the use of soil.

The Technology improves food varieties devoid of diseases.

The solar-powered technology will complement efforts by the CRI to distribute improved varieties along the yam value chain.

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It involves generating yam seeds from vines of crops like potatoes.

Dr Aba-Ennin is optimistic the technology will improve the livelihood of farmers and Agricultural GDP of the country.

“In Ghana Yam is important traditionally, it’s a food security crop and also an export crop.” She says, “this method will cut down the cycle of the seed.”

Project leader, Dr Norbert Maroya, urged seed producing companies to get involved to make seeds available to farmers.

Source: Ghana | Luv News | Kwesi Debrah

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