By Stephen Asante, GNA
Kumasi, Jan 31, GNA - The Technology Consultancy Centre (TCC) of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) is leading the production of simple and cost-effective agro-based equipment to take the drudgery out of food crop production in the country.
These include cocoa pod breaker, maize sheller, rice thresher, cassava peeler and harvester and groundnut planter.
Dr. Michael Adjaloo, Director of the TCC, said this was being done in partnership with the International Development Innovation Network (IDIN) - an innovation and technology-based consortium.
He was speaking at a capacity-building workshop for selected artisans and farmers held at the TCC’s intermediate technology transfer unit at Suame in Kumasi.
He said their goal was to help to significantly improve the agricultural value chain to transform the living conditions of the Ghanaian farmer.
The five-day workshop dubbed “Creative capacity building for commercialization”, was meant to provide the opportunity to make the necessary adjustments to the prototype agricultural equipment, which had been developed – to fine-tune them.
The TCC jointly with IDIN, had in the last three years organized series of creative training capacity-building workshops for artisans, small and medium-scale enterprises and farmers in the Ashanti and Brong-Ahafo Regions.
Dr.Adjaloo said it was part of the deliberate effort to assist build their creative skills, to become innovative and adept in use of local materials to develop simple technologies to overcome work challenges.
He gave the assurance that the Centre would continue to take centre stage in applied and field-based research, development and transfer of new technologies to strengthen the manufacturing sector.
It would also train artisans on modern technologies emerging from research institutions within and outside the country.
Dr. Isaac Dadzie, Head of the Department of Geomatic Engineering, KNUST, asked the government to make the TCC a key partner in the implementation of the ‘one district, one factory’ project.
He indicated that the Centre had capacity to produce the needed machinery for use by the factories to achieve the government’s objective.
Mr. Johnson Opoku Asante, the IDIN National Coordinator, said the Network was determined to facilitate the development of local technologies to support industrial growth.