The Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation ( MESTI), Prof. Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, commissioned the KOPIA Center Demonstration Farm at the CSIR, Accra.
The Korea Program on International Agriculture (KOPIA) Ghana Centre combines Ghanaian and Korean technologies to develop innovative and creative technologies that will solve Ghana’s agricultural challenges. Currently, the experimental farm has upland rice varieties developed by the Crop Research Institute of CSIR and a greenhouse tomatoes farm developed by the University of Ghana.
Commissioning the Centre, Prof. Frimpong-Boateng said with the application of technology, Ghana could gradually reduce its annual import bill on rice which stands at $ 1 billion.
He said the Centre will help increase local rice production by supplying improve seedlings to farmers at subsidize price as well as support government’s Planting for Food and Jobs Project.
The Minister was supported by H.E. Kim Sungsoo, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Ghana.