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Human Resource

Currently, CRIG has 48 research scientists who are well trained in agronomy, soil science, entomology, plant breeding, plant physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, virology, mycology, molecular biology, food science and animal science. The scientists are supported by 112 technical officers and junior staff of relevant background who help execute CRIG's research agenda. The Institute has a research tradition that spans 75 years.

Infrastructure

The Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana has its headquarters at New Tafo, Akim in the Eastern Region of Ghana and occupies an area of 2.59 square kilometres. The headquarters has well-equipped laboratories, a library, archival records and offices. Residential facilities are provided for research scientists and most of the technical staff, with provision of water, electricity, schools and a clinic. The CRIG Club and the Recreation Centre provide recreational facilities which include a golf course, a gym, football pitch, tennis, basket ball and volley ball courts and a swimming pool for both staff and visitors.

Guest house facilities are also available for visitors. The Institute has three sub-stations at Afosu, Bunso, and Bole with offices, laboratories and residential facilities for staff. Guest houses are available at Afosu and Bole sub-stations.

Bunso Sub-station: This is located about 16 km from Tafo in the Eastern Region . It caters for research on cocoa, coffee and kola and covers an area of about 92 ha with 82 ha developed.

Afosu Sub-station: This is about 90km from Tafo in the Eastern Region, and is considered marginal in terms of rainfall. It also caters for research on cocoa, coffee and kola and has a total area of 295 ha out of which about 190 ha have been developed.

Bole Sub-station: This is in the Northern Region and caters for research on shea and cashew. It covers an area of 6,277 ha of which about 250 ha have been developed.

The Institute’s three cocoa plantations are at Acherensua/Mabang (in the Ashanti and Brong Ahafo regions), Wantram (in the Western region) and Worakese (in the Central region). The farms provide raw materials; cocoa beans, fresh cocoa pods and sweatings for by-products research and development.