KNUST builds capacity of artisans in product development

Fomena (Ash), The Technology Consultancy Centre (TCC) of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, has upped its technical support to artisans and farmers in the area of the development of appropriate agro-based equipment for increased productivity.

Dr. Michael Adjaloo, the Director, said they were being assisted to use local-materials to design simple, inexpensive but efficient agricultural implements to aid production.

These include cassava harvesters and peelers, groundnut planter, maize sheller, cocoa pod breaker and rice thresher.

He said prototypes had been developed by the Intermediary Technology Transfer Unit (ITTU) of the TCC at Suame Magazine and were being perfected by the KNUST College of Engineering (CoE) – to achieve high level of efficiency.

He was speaking at a training workshop held for farmer groups and artisans drawn for the Ashanti and Brong-Ahafo Regions at Fomena in the Adansi North District under the “Creative capacity building for commercialization (CCB4C) project”.

The five-day programme was organized by the TCC with funding from the International Development Innovation Network (IDIN).

“Improving prototypes into products for commercialization”, was the theme chosen for the workshop.

The goal was to expose and comprehensively build the capacity of the participants in product design, development and commercialization.

Dr. Adjaloo said the Centre would continue assist to grow the nation’s agriculture and small scale enterprises through the use of technology.

Professor Osei Boateng, Dean of the Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering, said the CoE would remain responsive to the technological needs of industry.

It remained focused on coming out with appropriate technologies to drive the nation’s economy.

Mr. Opoku Asante, National Coordinator of IDIN, said the CCB4C project was meant to give hands-on training to the people and to encourage innovation.

The nation, he noted, could substantially reduce the high import bill on agro-based equipment, if local artisans were supported to produce these locally.

Source: Ghana News Agency