The second edition of the Flower and Garden Fair 2014 came to an end yesterday and organizers of the show, Strategic Communications Africa Limited (Stratcomm Africa) have touted this year’s fair a success and have promised a bigger show next year.
Madam Esther Cobbah, Chief Executive Officer,Stratcomm Africa, referred to the entire programme as a huge success and better than it was anticipated in terms of patronage.
“I am overwhelmed by the positive response of all who participated in this year’s show; the exhibitor, the corporate and the media sponsors have been great”.
She said apart from their economic benefits, these activities could contribute to healthy environments and called on Ghanaians for the renewal of their attitudes towards gardening and planting of flowers.
The theme of the show was “Gardening for Value- Health, Beauty, Jobs and Income” and it sought among other things, to celebrate Ghana’s unique flora and fauna, while pointing out to people, the income generating and job creation opportunities inherent in them.
Madam Cobbah drew the minds of participants to the address given by the Dutch Ambassador, Mr Hans Docter, during the opening of the show that signaled to Ghanaians the huge potential of the horticultural industry.
She said MrDocter had enlightened participants on the huge economic contribution of the floral industry to the Gross Domestic Product of the Dutch Government.
She said with the vast agricultural land mass, Ghana had a better advantage over the Netherlands, which was currently second to the United States of America in terms of floral production.
Madam Cobbah said it was important that Ghanaians recognized, not only the economic benefits of flower and gardening, but also appreciate their health and environmental implications as well.
She expressed her gratitude to all the sponsors and exhibitors, as well as collaborators and facilitators of the various seminars and conferences, which were held alongside the exhibition.
Madam Cobbah said Stratcomm Africa would continue to lead in the campaign to boost the interest of Ghanaians in flower and gardening for national development.
Closing the eleven days fair, Mrs. Amissah Arthur challenge Ghanaians to take advantage of the untapped potentials the industry present.
She commended Stratcomm Africa for initiating the show which draws the attention of Ghanaians to the potentials in horticultural.
Mr. Ato Pamford, Vice President of the Small and Medium Scale Enterprises of the Association of Ghana Industries, who chaired the function, pledged the Associations continuous support for the Garden and Flower Movement that had been initiated.
He said the AGI would contribute its best to ensure the growth of the horticultural and floricultural industry to ensure economic development through providing jobs and income and also improving the health and the general beautification of the environment across the country.
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