Garden and flowers have huge economic potentials

By
Julius K. Satsi, GNA

Accra, Sept. 23, GNA –
The 2018 Ghana Garden and Flower Show has opened in Accra with a call for more
efforts towards the plant, garden and flower sector due to huge economic
benefits.

Mr Ron Strikker, the
Netherlands Ambassador to Ghana, who made the call, said plants, flowers and
gardens provided huge employment and economic benefits for Netherlands saying
that, there were currently 3000 growers of plants and flowers in the
Netherlands out which 650 were importers.

He said the
floriculture and horticulture sector in Netherlands had been instrumental in
the country’s economy as it provides more than 1000 jobs, adding that it was
important to for Ghana to make the sector a pillar of the economy.

He said continuous
innovation was key to the sustainability of the floriculture and horticulture
sectors adding, “If the world does not stand still, you would have to innovate
every hour of the day” and be able to adapt to the market to stay competitive.

On his part, Mr Oral
Hiworth Williams, the Director of AFRITEC WEST 2 Technical Assistance Centre of
the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Accra, commended the organisers of the
event as it sought to make society better.

He said the event was
embedded in the Sustainable Development Goals thus goals 15 and 16 adding that
IMF made commitment to the 2015 Paris agreement.

Goal 15 seeks to
protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems,
sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land
degradation and halt biodiversity loss.

Goal 16 seeks to
promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide
access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and strong
institutions.

Mr Williams said there
is the greater need for all to support the annual event and that there was the
need for greater awareness and attitudinal change to help making the society
greener and beautiful.

Madam Constance
Swaniker, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Accents and Arts,
said the amount of plastic waste deposited in the sea on daily basis was
threatening and if action was not taking to mitigate the canker, very soon, “we
would been feeding on plastics from the sea as fishes”.

She called on all to
reduce the usage of plastic materials and as well properly deposit them to
ensure that plastic materials did not negatively impact the habitat in the sea.

Madam Esther Cobbah,
the Founder and CEO of Stratcomm Africa – a total communication and reputation
management agency – said the company started the Garden and Flower Show 5 years
with the passion and responsibility to cause positive behavioural change among
the citizenry.

She said the company
sought to work all and sundry to ensure attitudinal change towards the sector
for the promotion of a greener, cleaner, healthier, wealthier and more
beautiful Ghana.

The show is a flagship
activity of the Ghana Garden and Flower Movement initiated by Stratcomm Africa
with the first edition of the Show in August 2013.

Since its first
edition, it has grown tremendously with participation increasing from 14
exhibitors and 1,400 visitors in 2013 to 139 exhibitors and close to 16,000
visitors in 2017.

The 2018 Ghana Garden
and Flower Show, which is on the theme: “Enriching Ghana: One Garden at a Time”
would be characterised with conferences, workshops, exhibitions, music in the
park, fashion in the park, taste of the park, and the Ghana Garden Flower
Awards.

GNA

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