Workshop in Tamale, Ghana
JIRCAS has many research projects related to Africa rice. Among these projects, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan (MAFF) consigned project “Improvement of Soil Fertility with Use of Indigenous Resources in Rice Systems in Ghana” has been conducted over five years since 2009. As a conclusion of the five year project, JIRCAS, University for Development Studies of Ghana (UDS) and CSIR-Soil Research Institute of Ghana, with support by MAFF and Ministry Food and Agriculture of Ghana, jointly hosted a workshop at International Conference Center of UDS in Tamale, Ghana on October 15~16, 2013. Total eleven research topics were presented during the first day workshop. The project leader, Dr. TOBITA Satoshi, first explained the project objectives and workshop purposes in the morning session. Researchers from Ghana’s joint research institutes then introduced their studies, which include the statues of lowland soil fertility in Ghana, the application possibility of indigenous organic resources such as poultry manure and rice straws, as well as the utilization of composting fertilizer from the rice straws and the excreta of cow and human. JIRCAS’s researchers in the afternoon session demonstrated their results, such as Kuntan technology of rice husks and its application, and dissolution technology of phosphate rocks. During the following general discussion session, the participants discussed how to disseminate the research achievements to farmers and how to prepare the manual for improvement of soil fertility. The participants also indicated that it is important to cooperate with all stakeholders, including government administrations, and agreed that it is necessary to continue similar investigation researches in future. Three field trips in suburban Tamale were set up in the second day workshop. The project involved researchers from UDS described their experiment methods and obtained results in their experiment fields. In addition, the participants visited the village where the experimental fields were borrowed from local farmers. Through face-to-face inquiry with farmers about technology understanding and field observation on rice growth and technical implementation, the participants directly answered various questions from farmers. As a platform of technical cooperation of Japan and JIRCAS, such workshop can foster information collection, provision and dissemination through the exchange of knowledge and experiences between stakeholders. Summary of this workshop will be published soon. For your reference, please access JIRCAS Report.
- The workshop
- Participants concentrated posters
- Answering questions by Dr. Tobita in general discussion session
- Field trip in experimental site of Sanaga village