HTU SWEEPS TWO AWARDS AT APPLIED RESEARCH CONFERENCE

Ho Technical University has received two awards at the just ended Applied Research Conference in Accra. The awards, received on the last day of the two-day conference were adjudged the best in Student Innovative Project category and best in Poster Presentation category.

The research conference which features exhibition of products and innovation from the various Technical Universities across the country showcased their innovations, creativity and products.

The Chairman of the VCTU-G and Vice-Chancellor of HTU, Prof. Ben Q. Honyenuga conducted the Minister of Environment, Science and Technology, other government officials and the Vice-Chancellors in the TUs around the various exhibition booths. The Minister, Dr. Kwaku Afriyie expressed his pleasure in seeing all beautiful creativity and innovative products and urged participants to keep up the good work.

Visiting the HTU stand, Dr. Kwaku Afriyie, remarked that, he was very impressed that the University grooms and supports innovations like the Smart Farm.

After seeing the demonstration of the technology, the Minister indicated it is an innovation that needs support as it has tremendous prospects for the ecosystem. He congratulated the Smart Farm Team led by the supervising lecturer, Ing. Paul K. Oppong and urged Prof. Honyenga to ensure the realisation and replication of the project.

He also encouraged the HTM Department to conduct further research into the garibits biscuits. Having tasted the product, he was convinced that gari could be used as substitutes for flour based food-products. Dr. Afriyie was optimistic that the substitutes is good for the supply-chain of the product which essentially will contribute in the growth of the economy.

Interacting with the baobab research project team, the Vice-Chancellor of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Prof. Rita Akosua Dickson intimated that the baobab project is a major breakthrough that need to be focused on. She encouraged the Vice-Chancellor and research team to harness all support to ensure the realisation of the project objectives. She also hinted on the need to acquire intellectual property for the whole product line of the research as soon as possible as it has positive implications for Ghana and the University.

Project Assessment and Award Winning Criteria

Using five criteria in evaluating the exhibits, a three-member team interacted with all exhibitors to understand the various works. Assessing the works based on Innovation, Packaging, Marketability/Commercialisation, presentation skills and the use of local materials, the team was impressed and articulated the ground breaking innovative works produced in HTU. They expressed their expectation to see a steady and improved progress of the HTU Smart Farm and the Baobab project. The 3-member assessment team, Dr Eng. Stephen Turkson, Prof. Eng. Felix Kutsanedzie  and Mr. Anthony Sackey commended the HTU team and stated that they looked forward to the realistion of the respective projects as it has tremendous gains for Ghana and beyond.


About HTU Farm

The Smart Farm Monitor is a technology designed to intelligently monitor crop and make communication between the farmer and farm possible, using loT, robotics, Al and drones. The aim is to improve agriculture and food production while reducing intensive labor needed for farming. Smart farming is laying the groundwork for a third Green Revolution, thus, Agriculture in the digital age.

The primary function of the HT Smart Farm is to monitor the conditions of crops and update the farmer for immediate Intervention when necessary. It has the ability to perform various functions including the ability to store data for future references, coordinate data synchronization within the built App and coordinate data capture in a variety of directions. It also sends farm status messages or calls said owner optionally at regulated intervals. This intelligent farming promises to deliver a more productive and sustainable agricultural output based on a more precise and resource-efficient method.


About HTU Baobab Project

The Babob Project is an initiative from the Department of Agro Enterprise Development, led by Dr. Egbadzor, the Head of the Department  and his team of researchers.  The research experiment  27 months of laboratory and field work to begin flowering.

According to the lead researcher, their project is aimed at helping domesticate the ancient huge baobab plant, which has enormous economic value.

“Despite the usefulness of baobab, it remains undomesticated and underutilized but we are happy to announce that, we at Ho Technical University have broken the barriers to enlighten Ghanaians and for that matter, Africa of the economic impact of cultivating baobab”.

“In our paper presentation, we argued that baobab has the potential and power to be more important economically than Ghana’s foreign exchange earner, the cocoa,” they said. 

They again said they are advocating for the government to baobab to the tree crops as it will immensely contribute to the development of the country. 

Using five criteria in evaluating the exhibits, a three-member team interacted with all exhibitors to understand the various works. Assessing the works based on Innovation, Packaging, Marketability/Commercialisation, presentation skills and the use of local materials, the team was impressed and articulated the ground breaking innovative works produced in HTU. They expressed their expectation to see a steady and improved progress of the HTU Smart Farm and the Baobab project. The 3-member assessment team, Dr Eng. Stephen Turkson, Prof. Eng. Felix Kutsanedzie  and Mr. Anthony Sackey commended the HTU team and stated that they looked forward to the realistion of the respective projects as it has tremendous gains for Ghana and beyond.

 

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