A two-member government delegation, made up of the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, and a Special Advisor at the ministry, Mr Oliver Boakye, paid a familiarisation visit to Kristo Asafo’s innovation hubs at Gomoa Odambo and Mpota in the Central Region.
The minister explained that it was a top priority of the government to support and commercialise the inventions, especially the agro inputs, to enable the country to address pest and disease challenges in the agricultural sector.
He said the commercial production of Apostle Safo’s agro-product inventions would help reduce the importation of agro chemicals and relieve the stress on the nation’s foreign exchange.
The team found out that the biodiversity-friendly fertiliser had a fertility lifespan of six years, while the pesticide aided pollination, apart from ridding livestock and plants of pests.
The weedicide also kills unwanted plants by halting photosynthesis within 11 hours of its application.
“If we want to live fruitful lives, we need to urgently develop our local capacity and expand the agricultural sector to meet the basic necessity of life — cheaply feeding ourselves.
“I have never seen any country that has survived and developed without the ability of its people using local means to ensure food security and defending themselves. Overall, we need to appreciate and eat what we grow,” Prof. Frimpong-Boateng said.
Click on the link below to watch the full video of the minister familiarisation tour at Apostle Safo working site at Gomoa Mpota and Gomoa Odemo: