Vice-President to open 2018 Pre-Harvest exhibition and conference

Accra, Oct. 2, GNA – Vice-President, Dr
Mahamudu Bawumia will on Wednesday open the 2018 Pre-Harvest exhibition and
conference, which seeks to accelerate the transformation of agribusiness in
Northern Ghana at Tamale in the Northern Region.

The annual programme, which is the eighth in
the series, is on the theme: “Agribusiness in Northern Ghana, the future starts
now.”

The annual agricultural showpiece organised
by, Agrihouse Foundation, in partnership with the World Food Programme,
Ministry of Food and Agriculture(MOFA), Northern Regional Coordinating Council
and the Northern Development Authority, would bring together stakeholders
within and without the local agricultural sector to interact, share expertise
and strike business partnerships.

Alberta Nana Akyaa Akosa, the Team Lead for
Agrihouse Foundation, organisers of the event in an interview said the
three-day programme was expected to attract 2000 participants in the
agri-business value chain such as farmers, buyers, processors, transporters,
input dealers, equipment dealers, financial institutions, telecom companies and
policy makers.

She said the programme arguably was the single
biggest gathering of agric-industry firms on a unique platform designed to
facilitate knowledge exchange and business development.

Explaining the event structure, Ms Akosa said
the programme would have panel discussions on the government’s Planting for
Food & Jobs, and the role of the youth in improving the fortunes of
agriculture to be hosted by Agritech.

She said the University for Development
Studies (UDS) would undertake an assessment of the Planting for Food and Jobs
implementation, lessons learnt and the way forward, which would be followed by
a panel discussion on the topic with discussants from MoFA, UDS, Yara Ghana,
USAID ADVANCE and farmers.

“The advent of new technologies and its impact
on farmers’ productivity will be a key feature of a panel discussion at the
Pre-harvest event under the Agri-tech workshop and it will showcase ideas like
Agriculture incubation, a soil testing van, Aflasafe and Ripping technologies,
amongst others. Participating institutions in this session will be Kosmos
Energy, OCP, IITA and John Deere,” she said.

Ms Akosa indicated there would be additional
sessions including Custom & Contract Farming and Farming with Purpose to be
led by the World Food Programme, Seed Quality by Nastag, RMG, Dizengoff and
MoFA Seed Inspection Unit; Agric Financing led by Ecobank, Mel Consulting, GIPC
and GEPA.

She said a Field Demo session was expected
with Green Housing by Dizengoff, Corn Sheller by Motorking, Fertiliser
Application and Mechanisation by Yara Ghana and John Deere respectively.

Sponsors for the three-day exhibition include
Yara Ghana, Mel Consulting, Ecobank, Kosmos Energy, Interplast Limited, Motor
King, Hatoum Trading, LK International, RMG, Dizengoff, and Tata John Deere.

GNA

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