Director-General for Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Professor Victor K. Agyeman, has revealed that the misconception of the understanding of science and technology with its attendant lack of specialisation was hampering the progress of their work.
He said that there was the need to establish a strong link with industries, hinting that his outfit was vigorously pursuing commercialisation activities.
According to him, too many people thought science was something done by men.
“It’s our responsibility to open the world of science to more of our fellow citizens to help them see how those answers will actually affect their lives and future lives in profoundly important and positive ways.
“That opportunity is offered to you today to see the laboratories and witness the achievements of the CSIR-FRI (Food Research Institute),” he said.
The centre, according to him, focuses on four thematic areas which include food product development, development and construction of food processing equipment, Improved Rural technologies and training of students from universities, polytechnics, college of science and technology, entrepreneurs among others.
He explained that the Institute’s Research and Development programmes covers five areas which include roots and tubers products, Cereals, grains, legumes products fruits, vegetables, spices products fish, meat and dairy products and technology business incubation.
The Institute, he said, had been very mindful of its mandate and corporate vision of becoming a centre of excellence in research and development by generating technologies that are responsive to the demands of the private sector and the socio-economic development as well as seeing itself as a working academy which supports government with highly technically qualified recommendations within the techno-political context
The CSIR boss re-affirmed his outfit’s unabated commitment to delivering on their mandate to the uttermost satisfaction of all stakeholders, and appealed to government to accelerate its national investment science and technology by making it a top priority.
Story: Prosper A. KWAKU SALASSY
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