Dr. Mavis Owureku-Asare, a senior research scientist and the head of the Radiation Technology Centre of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC), is on a mission to ensure that Ghanaians consume tomatoes produced locally.
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Together with her colleague scientists, they received the OWSD Early Career Fellowship, which awards up to $50,000 to women who have completed their doctorates in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
YEN.com.gh has learned that she is focused on a proactive way to help reduce Ghana’s dependence on the importation of agricultural produce.
With over 15 years of experience in the industry, she is focused on food processing technologies and the management of post-harvest practices of agricultural produce.
She is currently engaged in a research study with the aim of turning tomatoes into paste with the help of solar power.
Per a report by citinewsroom.com, Ghana is the second-largest importer of tomato paste and its citizens consume an average of 25,000 tonnes of tomato paste annually, which costs about $25 million.
Meanwhile, Ghana produces an average of 350,000 tonnes of tomatoes every year, which is in excess of the country’s total consumption.
According to The Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana (PFAG), over 700 tomato farmers have already been rendered unemployed as a result of the imports.
In other news, Ghanaian residents in the Suhum Municipality in the Eastern region have vowed to boycott the 2020 elections.
This came after a classroom that was built over 80 years ago collapsed, compelling school authorities to organize classes under trees.
YEN.com.gh has learned that a three-unit GETFUND classroom block for Kindergarten pupils and a teacher’s bungalow project started by the previous government have all been abandoned.
The people of the community promised that they will allow no political party to campaign in the area until the projects are completed.
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