The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in collaboration with the Modernizing Agriculture in Ghana (MAG) held a Stakeholder Seminar on Digitized Soil Maps on Tuesday, 30th March, 2021 on the theme ” CSIR-Soil Research Institute Web base Application Platform.
This program was basically launched to introduce the New Digital Soil Maps in Ghana which led to the Deputy Director General of CSIR, Mr. Paul P. Bosu giving the opening remarks on the program. He made it known to the media that the MAG is a development assistant program by the Canadians to support the growth in agriculture in Ghana.
According to Mr. Bosu, the Ministry for Food and Agriculture is the key implementation agency of this program with the collaboration of CSIR and others as collaborators of partners.
“SRI is one of the thirteen (13) of the CSIR. The institute is mandated to undertake Scientific research to generate technology/ information, commercialized these technologies and build capacity in the sustainable management of Ghana’s Soil resources for increased in Agricultural industry, environmental Quality and improved livelihoods” he hinted.
Prof. Mohammed Moro Buri, Director of CSIR- SRI further came in to give a brief statement on the Soil Maps of Ghana. He pointed out that there has been a website created to aid farmers in knowing what to grow in their various farms respectively. He said that there had been a test which went on years ago on Ghana’s soil in all the sixteen (16) regions which has aid them to develop a website called www.csirsoilinfo.org for farmers.
Mr. Buri futher said, the agricultural modernisation is an important foundation of every nation if food production is to be increased and food security. He went on to tell the media on the key goal of bringing up the website; he said, this is to increase food production and to enhance food security through effective sustainable use of the soil in the country.
“The main objective is to develop and host information on the soil resources of Ghana online to enhance soil information, accessibility, availability and acquisition in the country and worldwide,” he said.
Finally, Mr. Eric Asamaoh, Principal technologist of CSIR-SRI also brought his presentation of the digitalised soil Maps. He said, The online platform contains digitized soil maps of specific locations, soil characteristics and appropriate nutrient/mineral requirement for key crops in each agro-ecological zones of Ghana. It also shows information on soil nutrient availability, soil physical properties and fertility limitations, as well as soil suitability for selected crops can be accessed. Soil management recommendations, strategies and limitations, etc. are brought to the door step of farmers (small, medium and large scale).
Acknowledging the MAG Representative, The MAG Coordinator and Director General of CSIR graced the occasion.