8th Pre-Harvest Agribusiness Exhibition & Conference set for Oct

Alberta Nana Akyaa Akosa

The 8th edition of the annual Pre-Harvest Agribusiness Exhibition & Conference is scheduled to take place at the Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium in Tamale between the 3rd and 5th of October, 2018.

The Pre-Harvest Agribusiness Exhibition & Conference is a business forum and interventional platform that provides opportunities for various value chain actors in the agric sector to meet, discuss business, contracts and work together as a coherent team whose goal is to ensure that enough produce is available locally for consumption – thereby drastically reducing importation. This gathering will include farmers, public and private sector business officials and other ideas people.

Aside from showcasing the many activities and businesses in the agric sector’s various areas, such as seed production, fertiliser, finance, fisheries, storage, machinery, livestock, packaging & processing, and ICT among others, participants will be taken through practical and engaging sessions at the conference to enable them gain deeper insights into best practices, as well as on how to take full advantage of the numerous opportunities for growth in the agric sector.

The event, over the last seven years, has succeeded in supporting and improving the activities of several thousand farmers and businesses in the agric and agric-related sectors in Ghana.

In his view, Dr. Emmanuel Dormond, the USAID Chief of Party-ADVANCE, believes that the event has been very beneficial to participants over the last seven years.

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“Starting in 2009 with a little over 200 participants, the event today has grown to attract over 1,000 participants who are willing and paying to attend in order to have the opportunity to transact business. Several participants have confirmed that they have made business deals, got contracts as well as getting buyers who are ready to take their produce,” he said. “I would advise everyone in this sector who wants to grow to take the opportunity this platform provides to make strides,” he concluded.

On her part, the Executive Director of Agrihouse Foundation – organiser of the event, Alberta Nana Akyea Akosa, said the event’s 8th edition is expected to see even greater participation as more and more farmers, farmer groups and businesses in the sector have expressed interest in participating. “We at Agrihouse Foundation are very excited to have taken over the organisation of this event after seven successful years of it being organised by the USAID. This year’s edition has attracted a lot of inputs from the private sector and international organisations, making it an exciting experience.

“We expect a much larger number of participating exhibitors and conference attendees this year, judging from the early signals we are picking up. This, we believe, is a result of the immense benefits previous editions have provided its participants,” she said.

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“Agribusiness is the way to go in poverty reduction and national development. I am elated and grateful to the various institutions that have seen the wisdom in this idea and have supported it over the years. I call on other well-meaning organisations to come forward and lend helping hands so that together we can build a stronger agric sector and a bigger national economy led by agriculture,” she concluded.

The 8th Pre-Harvest Agribusiness Exhibition & Conference is being partnered by the World Food Programme; USAID, the Northern Regional Coordinating Council; and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture of Ghana – and being sponsored by Yara Ghana, Ecobank, Kosmos Energy, Hatoum Trading, LK International, Mel Consult, Interplast and Afgri John Deree.

Over 2,000 participants are expected in Tamale to participate in the event, which conference will see above ten practical and engaging topics being discussed – led by knowledgeable and skilled individuals in the agric and other related sectors.

These sessions include, Farming with Purpose, Food Safety and Quality Standard, Seed Systems, Natural Resources and Climate Change, Poultry and Livestock, Customary and Contract Farming among others.

There will also be Panel discussions, Development Partner Roundtable dialogues, Field trips and farm demonstrations. The Pre-harvest Agribusiness Exhibitions and Conference promises to be practical, engaging and fruitful.

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