Agrihouse Foundation, in partnership with the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) – Ghana Poultry Project (GPP), is set to host the third edition of the Livestock, Poultry and Fisheries Tradeshow (LiPF) in Accra at the Afua Sutherland Children’s park, from Friday 21 May to Saturday 22 May.
The two-day training and exhibition tradeshow, which is on the theme ‘WE MOVE! W) YAA’, is also in partnership with the Agricultural Development Bank, Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), the United State Department of Agriculture, National Board for Small Scale Industries, and National Farmers and Fishermen Award Winner’s Association of Ghana (NFFAWAG).
This year’s LiPF tradeshow, according to the Executive Director of Agrihouse – Ms. Alberta Nana Akyaa Akosa, will afford participants including livestock, poultry and fisheries farmers and exhibitors; tertiary and financial institutions; agriculture and media organisations; and development partners, a learning environment to explore deeper ways to take advantage of opportunities in the animal agriculture sector.
LiPF, she emphasised, has come at an opportune time to inform and educate the public about alternative means to create jobs and make additional income; especially in the animal agricultural sector, since many people in the country have lost their jobs as result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Now more than ever, LifP is relevant as we seek to build resilience and confidence in individuals who have lost their source of income and are looking for alternative means in these times,” she noted.
The tradeshow will also be a motivational platform to encourage people who are passionate and interested in the animal agricultural sector to take steps toward it. Through LiPF, such individuals will become aware of the multiple career opportunities within the animal agricultural sector to help them make relevant choices.
There will be capacity-building training sessions in areas including cattle production (Beef and Dairy), Poultry farming, Rabbit and Grass-cutter farming; Pig farming, Fish farming; Snail farming; Mushroom production; Bee-keeping; Goat and Sheep rearing; and Milk processing (Yoghurt making).
Chief of Party at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Ghana Poultry Project (GPP), Ms. Carianne De Boer, has noted that her departments’ desire to contribute in Ghana’s animal farming sector is a priority; hence the need to work with Agrihouse to ensure sustainable growth and innovation in the sector.
She said, donor investor policies must truly reflect the resilient and prosperous future development partners and agri-stakeholders envision for the agricultural sector.
She said the youth must also take a fresh look at the agricultural sector, especially platforms like LiFP which offer modernised approaches to agriculture – whereby they are taught to utilise new technologies to manage their agricultural setups.
The Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) has commended LiPF as a project in the right direction, as it continues to promote the poultry, livestock and fisheries value chains and their agribusiness potentials.
Agricultural Development Bank (ADB), in a statement, described LiPF as an integral platform that offers agric stakeholders an opportunity to engage, dialogue, and build capacity in ways which boost growth within the sector. “We therefore find it very important to support such an event,” it said. ADB will lead two knowledge-sharing sessions at the tradeshow: ‘Assessing funds and funding opportunities available for the animal businesses’; and ‘Marketing effectively, via digital channels.
The National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI) has noted it is pleased to partner Agrihouse Foundation this year as part of LiPF, and therefore encourages its members operating in the animal agricultural sector to participate in the tradeshow to explore new opportunities in the animal production sector. The NBSSI will be leading knowledge-sharing discussions on ‘Understanding existing standards, compliance and certification programmes, and what aspiring agripreneurs need to know when starting an agribusiness’, at the tradeshow.
The National Farmers and Fishermen Award Winner’s Association of Ghana (NFFAWAG) said the animal agricultural sector is a major part of the agric sector, and LiPF continues to serve as an impactful networking and training platform for those in the sector.
Flourmills Limited, a sponsor of the event, noted that achieving food security is a collective effort, and therefore praised Agrihouse Foundation for its commitment toward the agric sector and investing in projects wjich harness efforts within the value chain.
About LiPF and Impacts
Annually, LiPF brings together hundreds of individuals, groups and business within the animal agricultural value chain to showcase and promote their products and services – while training and building capacity of persons and individuals who want to venture into the livestock business.
The maiden edition was held in 2019, with about one thousand participants from Ghana and other countries like Nigeria, Kenya and Ethiopia, among others, with over 40 Exhibitors.
The second edition was held at the Efua Sutherland Children’s park with about 785 participants in attendance over the two days. The second edition focused on training sessions in animal agriculture, and equipping participants to step-up their ideas and interest in going into animal agriculture. The training therefore equipped participants with basic and intermediary knowledge required for poultry, piggery, snail production, mushroom production, cattle rearing, and small ruminants (sheep, goats, rabbit) rearing.
Since the first edition, Agrihouse Foundation, through LiPF has built organic data over the years and engaged over 50,000 sub-holder farmers – with a significant percentage of them expressing interest in animal agriculture. The high number recorded and interest expressed by participants necessitated an urgent need to add and build on the training component of the event.
Furthermore, analysis of the feedback received from the first edition of LiPF revealed 87% of participants wanted training in starting a poultry, rabbit, cattle and piggery farm; 90% were of the view that a platform like LiPF is a perfect one to offer introductory training. This led to the introduction of more training sessions during the event’s second edition.