The fourth edition of the annual Ghana Garden and Flower show was on last Friday opened in Accra.
Themed, ‘Dream It, Discover It and Live It,’ the platform gave garden and flower lovers the opportunity to explore the benefits of the horticulture and floriculture industry in Ghana.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Chief Executive Officer of Stratecomm Africa, organisers of the event, Ms Esther A. N. Cobbah, expressed her outfit’s delight at working with experts in horticulture and floriculture to lunch the Ghana Garden and Flower show which could contribute to the attainment of the SDGs.
Ms Cobbah expressed optimism that the show would help create attitudes that could facilitate job creation, income and foreign exchange generation, environmental conservation and other wealth that horticulture and floriculture could provide.
“We believe there are so many untapped income opportunities that Ghana can tap from floriculture and horticulture, instead of Ghana spending our limited foreign exchange on the importation of such products,” she said.
Ms Cobbah also urged Ghanaians to cultivate habits of growing trees and planting gardens in order to keep the environment free from filth and to avoid exposure from extreme weather conditions.
Earlier, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Mrs. Elizabeth Ofosu Agyare, who chaired the event, used the opportunity to announce the rezoning of the 241.7-acre stretch of land from the Christiansburg Castle, near the Osu Klottey Lagoon, to the Culture Centre area in Accra for development as a tourism enclave.
The project, which was part of the development of the Marine Drive Tourism Investment Plan, she said, would lead to the provision of facilities such as hotels, restaurants, theatres, shopping malls, casinos and amusement parks.
“This is a massive tourism infrastructural development project and flower will feature prominently,” she noted.
For her part, Malaysian High Commissioner to Ghana, Mr. Cheong Loon-Lai, said Ghana had a lot of potential in ecotourism, horticulture and floriculture industry, since Ghana was naturally endowed with the resources.
He said, Malaysia, which was one of the leading foreign exchange earners in ecotourism, was ready to support Ghana to develop its potential.
Source: Ghana/todaygh.com/Evans Obiri Appiah