The Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology of the University of Cape Coast in partnership with the Savana Agricultural Research Institute and Plant Genetic Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research have initiated a cowpea planting project aimed at developing new varieties of cowpea for farmers in Ghana.
As part of measures to advertise the initiative, the partnership group have collaborated with the Ankaful Maximum Prisons to establish a cowpea community field for farmers at Ankaful and its surrounding communities.
According to the project manager, Dr Aaron Tettey Asare, the initiative is to help the farmers familiarize themselves with the new cowpea that has been developed and choose from them for mass planting.
Speaking to the press, Dr Aaron Tetteh said cowpea is an essential plant since it is a major source of food protein hence the need to improve and sustain its cultivation.
According to him, though the project is a national project, there is a great focus in the Central Region.
Dr. Aaron Asare called on government to consider the planting of cowpea on the Planting for Food Initiative.
The Municipal Crop Officer for the Komenda Edina Eguafo Abirem Munical Assembly, Kojo Sarpong Buabeng, touring the farm, praised the university of Cape Coast for the initiative. According to him, there will be series of further investigations by the farmers to ascertain which of the varieties are good for planting.
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