GGFS 2017 comes off successfully with big award winners
The 2017 Ghana Garden and Flower show (GGFS), a five day of fun-filled activities, has ended with an awards night in Accra.
With over 100 exhibitors taking part in the 2017 edition of the show, the awards night appreciated and awarded florists, horticulturists and institutions with gardens.
Best Hotel Garden went to Labadi Beach Hotel; Best Factory Garden went to Interplast; and Best Medical Facility Garden went to Akai House Clinic, amongst others.
The Ghana Garden and Flower Show 2017 is aimed at encouraging Ghanaians to become more interested in horticulture and floriculture in order to enjoy the benefits that come with it.
This year’s edition marks the show’s fifth anniversary and has provided lots of knowledge to flower lovers and has created so much awareness on horticulture and floriculture amongst Ghanaians and other foreigners who graced the numerous events.
The fair, which is an initiative of Strategic Communications Africa Limited (Stratcomm), also seeks to boost Ghana’s tourism potential on the global market by making the country more attractive.
Headmistress of Wesley Girls Senior High School, Betty Dzokoto, explained that the show should not only focus on an annual exhibition but also take the awareness on horticulture to secondary schools.
“The culture of integrating gardens in schools cannot be underestimated. There is a lot to gain from this as it provides healthy outdoor activity for students and brings balance to the intense academic activities that take place in the confines of the classroom,” she said.
Speaking at the event, the First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, hailed Stratcomm Africa for the successful organisation of event over the past five years, noting that, initiatives such as this are very worthwhile.
“Planting flowers definitely helps create jobs and I would like to join forces with Ghana Garden and Flower Movement in declaring that it is time for us, as a nation to put our hands to the plow," she noted.
"I have tremendous faith in the willingness of Ghanaians to unite behind worthy causes. I have personally witnessed this human quality under many circumstances and recently in the overwhelming support that individuals and corporate organizations have extended to the 'Save a Child, Save a Mother Project'," she said.
"This is testimony to the fact that when Ghanaians come together, we can get things done. I have no doubt that together, we will succeed, through the horticulture and floriculture sector, in helping to diversify our economy, increase our foreign exchange earnings and contribute to the development and beautification of our motherland."
Esther Cobbah, the Chief Executive Officer of Statcomm Africa, paid tribute to partners who had worked with them from the beginning to make the organisation of the annual event possible such as the late Kwame Ayew, Dr. Juliet Tuakli, ArafuaApaloo-Aning, Patrick Masoperh, Mona Asem and Nana Tuffuor.
"We knew at Stratcomm Africa when we started that the Show in 2013 that it could not be a one-off event. To achieve what we have been aspiring to for the nation required not only awareness creation and changes in the attitudes of people but also changes in behaviour and so we knew that we would have to pursue this cause over a long term," she said.
"Now, in the fifth year of the show, taking place in the year when Ghana is celebrating 60 years since our independence, we are more convinced than ever that this is a worthy cause, even if it continues to take up a lot of our resources," she said.
Ms. Cobbah also said flowers could create much needed jobs and generate valuable foreign exchange for national growth and individual livelihood enhancement.
"Ghana's independence can become more meaningful as our flora and fauna are harnessed. This must be good news but good news action on our part as individuals if we are to obtain the benefits."
Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, who chaired the function, said it was heartwarming that a private company, Stratcomm Africa, with the support of other private sector sponsors, was pursuing such a significant initiative which had such benefits for our environment, livelihoods and economy.