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Published on Nov 5, 2015
The Director for CSIR-Savannah Agriculture Research Institute, Dr. Stephen Nustugah is optimistic of the institute's ability to meet the rice seed demand by rice farmers in the northern region with the facility available and also improve the production of rice in the region.
The Northern region alone needs an estimated 50 tonnes of rice seeds to support smallholder farmers and to also boost the quantity and quality of rice produced locally.
Already, the Savannah Agriculture Research Institute (SARI), and its partners have given 15 to 20 tonnes of foundation seeds to producers for certification under the System of Rice Intensification Project (SRI).
Interacting with the media during a field visit by the steering committee for the SRI, the Director of SARI, Dr. Stephen Nutsugah, said despite poor rainfall on most fields the institute will meet the demand for rice seeds by farmers next year.
Dr. Nutsugah also noted that, the institute has some early maturing seeds for release next year which can withstand climate change challenges.
The Head of Rice Research Development program at SARI, Dr. Wilson Dogbe, said the current programme will contribute significantly to meeting the target of rice production in the country.
The Agric Director for the Tolon District, Hawa Musah, said the district has a huge potential to produce rice and it needs to be tapped through the development of rice valleys under the SRI project.