In a colourful ceremony, Dr Edward Yeboah has officially been inducted into office as the new Director of CSIR-Soil Research Institute (SRI) at Kwadaso, Kumasi. Until recently, Dr Yeboah was the acting director at CSIR-SRI, Kumasi.
Dr Edward Yeboah is a Principal Research Scientist, Soil Biology and Fertilizer Specialist. His research experience has focused on Managing soils within the nexus of water, energy and food security to achieve sustainable development.
He is also strongly interested in unravelling the mechanisms underlying nutrient and soil organic matter dynamics in tropical agroecosystems.
Notwithstanding, Dr Yeboah has worked extensively with farmer groups, input suppliers, and other stakeholders in agricultural research and development to develop innovations, build capacity, and promote information exchange on soil fertility management practices for enhancing
the productivity of agriculture in Africa.
According to the new director, CSIR-SRI has already achieved excellent from research focusing on soil nutrient management, varietal release, mapping of soil resources and addressing soil deficiencies in the soil for optimum yield, especially in rice production.
“Ghana can achieve self–sufficient in rice production, and as a research institution, CSIR-SRI needs to work towards that and reduce importation of rice into the country, he added.
Dr Yeboah assured management and staff at CSIR-SRI of bringing related stakeholders on board to harmonize soil mapping for Ghana, which he believes would be key in the developmental agenda.
Professor Paul Pinnock Bosu, Director-General at CSIR, cautioned the new CSIR-SRI director to avoid partisanship as he assumes office as a leader.
There were pledges of support from staff representatives at the CSIR-SRI Institute. The list of dignitaries at the event included Prof. Gabriel Nii Noi Dowuona, board member, Mrs Genevieve Yankey, Director of Administration, CSIR, families, well-wishers and management and staff of the CSIR-SRI Institute.