Lydia Kukua Asamoah/Yaw Ansah, GNA,
Accra, June 12, GNA - The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is to embark on a robust programme of revenue generation to support it operational activities and research programmes into emerging and national priority areas through partnerships with the private sector.
The Council is also focusing on the generation and protection of intellectual property, especially, patents in order to help grow the industrial base of the country.
Professor Victor Kwame Agyeman, Director General of CSIR, announced these at a media briefing on the Council’s 60th Anniversary celebration, scheduled to be marked with a year-long celebration.
CSIR, as part of its anniversary celebrations, has planned various media and civil society engagements to highlight the importance of science to the society.
The Council would be organising open days for all 13 of its Institutes located all across the country, to enable the public to get to know its achievements over the 60 years of its existence.
Female students in particular, would be interacted with to popularise science among them while the lives of eminent scientists would be celebrated with awards and send-off ceremony.
CSIR have also sought partnership with the media, through establishing a Science reporting press Corps in partnership with the Ghana Journalists Association, to help propagate science, technology and innovation issues to the public whiles informing policy and national development.
Prof Ageyman said CSIR was taking measures to enhance its relevance, as a lead research institution, with the mandate to spearhead science for wealth creation through strategic partnerships with academia and industry.
He noted that the Council was also making arrangement for its products and technologies to be transferred to the private sector entities or marketed to the public through commercialisation.
“The Council will assist to train, conduct research with and also supervise the post-graduate students in the country at the CSIR College of Science and Technology.
The Council will conduct research in collaboration with the private sector, to enhance its relevance, he said.
Prof Agyeman noted that “Efforts to promote science must go beyond the educational institutions to other social structures, including mass media, and civil society organisation.
“Such efforts build a science and technology culture in the society which is crucial for the diffusion of technologies and innovations to increase productivity in all sectors of the economy,” Prof Agyeman said.
In a presentation, Professor Rose Maama Enstua Mensah, Deputy Director General of CSIR, said the Council had over the years lived up to its vision by partnering the right institutions to produce and release various varieties of crops and animal species to help in poverty alleviation and hunger in Ghana.
These varieties include, maize, of which over 80 per cent of the varieties being grown in Ghana was developed by CSIR.
Other varieties of rice, plantain, sweet potatoes, cassava, pepper, cowpea, groundnut, tilapia production, grass cutter, broilers, among other food crops that were highly being patronised in the country and in many African countries were developed by the Council.
The CSIR have also been working in the area of building and construction materials like the Pozzalina cement production, plastic concrete blocks, biogas technology and traditional medicine research.