A two-member team from the Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences (MATE), is undertaking a study trip at CSIR-Soil Research Institute, Kwadaso, Kumasi. The Research Scientists from Hungary have an interest in collaborative studies with CSIR-Soil Research Institute (SRI) and would visit SRI Laboratory (Procedures and equipment), Soil Sampling and Soil Chemical Analysis and introduced to the SAWAH Rice Technology, developed by SRI, under the modernizing of Agriculture in Ghana, (MAG), which aim at increasing local rice production.
Dr Francis M. Tetteh, a Senior Research Scientist at SRI, who spoke on behalf of the acting director at SRI, Edward Yeboah, said, “this friendship has blossomed over the years. It has prompted with the exchange of high-level visits, exemplified by what we are witnessing here today, which continues to deepen our collaborations”.
Dr Tetteh expressed his pleasure at the Hungarian visit and stated that SRI is glad to strengthen the collaborations between SRI and the Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences (MATE). He, therefore, called for a stronger collaboration between the two institutes to facilitate the transfer of technology, knowledge, and expertise.
Mr Padlass P. Edeafour, the scientific secretary at SRI in his presentation, highlighted the institute mandate, which includes undertaking scientific research to generate technologies and information and commercialization of the developed technology.
“We need to appreciate the value of the soil resources for the provision of food and nutrition security and freshwater sources for the continued survival of the Human Race,” he added.
In a brief remark, Dr Mihaly Jancso, deputy head of the research centre for irrigation and water management at the Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences (MATE), appealed for facilitation of exchange and pursuing academic collaboration for SRI and students from the University of Hungary.
Dr Milhaly also announced the scholarships that the Hungarian Government offers to Ghanaian students at all levels of education and urged research scientists to take advantage.
The Hungarian delegation later visited a SAWAH Rice experimental site, within the SRI, to gain first-hand experience of this technology.