Soil quality on Ghana’s farmlands is expected to witness a boost following the launch of the Research for Development and Innovation Agricultural and Learning (ReDIAL) Project.
The project is being supported by the European Union (EU), with an amount of 2.12 million Euros for implementation.
The four-year project, piloted in five farming municipalities in the country, would contribute and foster innovation in improving soil fertility by generating scientific knowledge through technology to improve threshing of grains and cereals.
Pilot areas for the project are Yendi Municipality of the Northern region, Techiman municipality of the Bono East Region, Ejura-Sekyeredumase Municipality of the Ashanti Region, Kwahu Affram Plains North District of the Eastern Region, and the Sefwi Wiawso District of the Western North Region.
It will be implemented by a consortium of three partners, the Faculty of Renewable Natural Resources of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Friends of the Nation and Tropenbos Ghana, both non-governmental organisations.
The project aims at contributing to the transformation and innovation in agriculture and food systems in Ghana, through action research, application of innovative technologies and organization of farmers and multi-stakeholder platforms.
A speech read on behalf of Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, the Minister of Food and Agriculture on Tuesday 13th September 2020 at the launch of the project in Accra, said the programme would help to modernize and accelerate the growth of agriculture for smallholder farmers on a sustainable basis.