Dizengoff supports Pre-harvest exhibition and conference

By Morkporkpor Anku, GNA

Accra, Sept. 14, GNA – Dizengoff Ghana
Limited, has presented a cheque of GH¢10,000 to Agrihouse Foundation towards
the 8th edition of the Pre-harvest exhibition and conference set for October 3
to 5 at the Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium in Tamale.

The Exhibition and Conference is a business
forum and an interventional platform that provides opportunities for various
value chain actors in the agriculture sector to meet and discuss business
contracts as well as work together as a coherent team, whose goal is to ensure
that enough produce is available locally for consumption thereby drastically
reducing importation.

Mr Mark Douglas, Country Manager, Dizengoff
Ghana Limited, presenting the Cheque said the Company had always associated
itself with development and improvement of the Agriculture sector to develop
the economy.

He said the exhibition and conference was a
good vehicle and platform to expose their business to farmers and engage with
them on how to improve on their yields with numerous technologies available in
the system.

He said Dizengoff was coming on board to
sponsor a field demonstration session with Green Housing technology to display
to farmers its quality and benefits.

On solving the Army Worm challenges, he said
government together with farmers must do constant spraying of their farmers,
saying that, “You can’t just spray once and think the worms will go, because
the eggs will be underground and hatch the following day.”

Mr Ahmad Hashemi, the General Manager,
Agriculture Division, Dizengoff Ghana Limited, said the Company was introducing
new products into the sector to help farmers improve on their yields.

He said training and capacity building was one
of the critical focus area the Company was engaging farmers in, adding that “We
are engaging farmer Associations and Groups on how to manage their operations
and finances.”

“We have established agreement with some Banks
to evaluate operations of farmer groups to provide credit facility to expand
their farming,” he added.

He said they were also giving the farmer
Groups credit terms and making it easier for them to assess some of their
quality products.

He said agribusiness in the Northern part of
the country was important because of some limitations like less rain and dry
season conditions, so the Company would focus more on the region during the
conference activities.

Ms Yoki Tee-Koduah, Strategic Alliance and
Project Lead, Agrihouse Foundation, said the event development partners would
have a roundtable to discuss the importance of young people’s participation in
agriculture, which is the largest employer in the country, as a way of reducing
youth unemployment.

She said the Pre-harvest event was one of the
biggest platforms for the convergence of all stakeholders in the agriculture
sector to create the biggest opportunity for business development among others.

She said over 2,000 participants and
exhibitors were expected to attend to interact, establish business
relationships and discuss contracts as well as explore and exploit other growth
opportunities in the sector.

“The event will showcase the many activities
and businesses in the various areas of the agriculture sector, such as seed
production, fertilizer, finance, fisheries, storage, machinery, livestock,
packaging and processing and ICT, among others,” she added.

Ms Tee-Koduah said the event would also
provide a platform to bring together commodity buyers, agribusiness service
providers and farmers to establish business relationships and discuss
contracts, explore, and exploit other growth possibilities.

GNA

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