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:
· Ensure dependable and timely access to funds for strategic, applied and adaptive research.
· Strengthen the contribution of the NARS in addressing agricultural problems of national importance by facilitating the participation of researchers in demand-driven research projects.
· Promote innovative partnerships between researchers and non-research groups in the public and private sectors.
· Support the introduction of modern technologies and innovative ideas into the research system.
· Speed up the dissemination and adoption of improved agricultural technologies by providing funding for promising development activities in partnership with the private sector.
· Promote participation of the private sector and non-government organizations in research and its funding.
· Promote research collaboration between local and international research scientists.
Demand Driven Technology Generation Projects (Ongoing)
· Determination of Appropriate Information on Land Suitability for Agriculture in the Brong-Ahafo and Central Regions
· Minimizing Rice Smut Diseases in Ashanti Region through Integrated Soil and Crop Management
· Up-scaling of Appropriate Technologies/Strategies for the Control of Maize Streak Disease in the Volta Region.
· Development of Appropriate Management/Control Strategies for Taro Wilt Disease in Eastern Region
· Up-Scaling of Appropriate Technologies/Strategies for the Management of Residual Effect of Herbicides on Cocoyam
· Participatory Approaches in Strategic Dry Season Feeding of Ruminants in the Greater Accra Region
· Impact of Surface Mining on the Production of Root and Tuber in Western and Ashanti Region of Ghana
· Introducing Cage Culture in Reservoirs in Upper East Region
· Development of Suitable Management Strategies for the Regeneration of Degraded Root and Tuber farmlands resulting from Indiscriminate Mining Activities
· Control of Cassava Rot in the Brong Ahafo Region, Focus on Farm Management Practices
· Integrated Management of Plutella xylostella and Leucinodes orbonatis on Vegetables in the Volta Region
· Development of Appropriate Strategies for the Management of Rosette Disease of Groundnuts in the Volta Region