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The Competitive Agricultural Research Grant Scheme (CARGS) is to promote research with substantial benefits to farmers and other end-users either directly or through contributions to clearly identified research activities.

The Scheme is also open to pilot activities that develop research results into commercial products or demonstrate the potential of improved technologies. It also seeks to harness the diverse resources within the country to achieve national development objectives such as food security, poverty alleviation and economic growth.

The specific objectives of the CARGS are to:

i. Ensure dependable and timely access to funds for strategic, applied and adaptive research;

ii. Strengthen the contribution of the NARS in addressing agricultural problems of national importance by facilitating the participation of researchers in demand-driven research projects.

iii. Promote innovative partnerships between researchers and non-research groups in the public and private sectors;

iv. Support the introduction of modern technologies and innovative ideas into the research system;

v. Speed up the dissemination and adoption of improved agricultural technologies by providing funding for promising development activities in partnership with the private sector;

vi. Promote participation of the private sector and non-government organizations in research and its funding

vii. Promote research collaboration between local and international research scientists


Competitive Agricultural Research Grant Scheme (CARGS) Projects

  • - Screening of Cassava Genotypes for the Management of Tuber Rot of Cassava in the Greater Accra Region (Principal Investigator :  Mr. Eric W. Cornelius, University of  Ghana , Legon)

Main Objective: To control cassava tuber rot to enhance food security and poverty alleviation.

  • - Determining Mineral Fertilizer requirements for Yam on Benchmark Soil in Northern and Upper west Regions of Ghana (Principal Investigator : By Dr. B.D.K Ahiabor, CSIR – SARI)

Main Objective: To enhance stable yields of yam on some benchmark soils in Northern Ghana through recommended fertilizer application rates.

  • - Integrated Management of Field, Storage Pets and Post-Harvest Handling to extend Shelf- life of Yam. (Principal Investigator : Mr. Francis Kusi, CSIR – SARI)

Main Objective: To identify technologies that will improve shelf life of yam.

  • - Strategies to Manage Yam Glut at Peak Harvest in the  Brong Ahafo  Region of Ghana (Principal Investigator : Mr. Alexander Nimo  Wiredu, CSIR – SARI)

Main Objective: To develop strategies that will manage yam glut at peak harvest in the Brong-Ahafo Region of Ghana

  • - Investigations into the Effect of Herbicide Application on Cocoyam Production (Principal Investigator:  Prof.  J. K.  Osei, University of Ghana, Legon {ARC} )

Main Objective: To solve the poor growth of cocoyams attributed to herbicides and introduce microsettes-derived planting materials.

  • - Long-Term Storage of Yam Tubers under Farmers Conditions using Gibberellic Acid (Principal Investigator :  Ms. M.N. Bissah, CSIR – PGRRI)

Main Objective: To determine the effect of gibberellic acid on the storage life of yam tubers.

  • - Developing an Integrated Nutrient Management System for Yam Production in the Northern Region of Ghana.( Principal Investigator :  Dr. Roland N. Issaka, CSIR –SRI)

Main Objective: To stop the system of shifting cultivation in yam production

  • - Development, Demonstration and Transfer of Improved Yam Barn (Principal Investigator :  Mr. Fred Djokoto, CSIR - IIR)

Main Objective: To develop, demonstrate and transfer an improved yam barn.