ACCRA, Ghana’s Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) has presented some high powered computers to the Plant Genetic Resources Research Institute (PGRRI) to enable it manage its huge amount of data of plant genetics.

The PGRRI, an institute under the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), situated at Bonsu in Eastern Region (Province), is a place where all plant sources, including species, are being conserved for future referencing.

As a result of changes in the environment, many plants species are being lost but tissue culture facilities serve as places where miniature plants are conserved in test tubes and are multiplied into thousands of plants for the future. Such plants are, therefore, being conserved at the facility to enable future generation to use them for further research.

The Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, amd his deputy minister, Patricia Appiagyei, presented the computers to Dr Lawrence Misa Aboagye, the Director of the Plants Genetic Resources Research Institute, at a brief ceremony here over the weekened.

The computers were requested by the centre some three weeks ago when Prof Frimpong-Boateng paid a working visit to the centre and observed obsolete computers being used to manage the tissue culture information. The Minister was so touched that he promised to give the centre some new powerful computers to be used to manage its data, Dr Aboagye told the GNA.