Emmanuel Todd, GNA
Accra, Nov. 28, GNA
– Mr Prince Pius Nutsugah, the winner of the maiden edition of the Israeli
Green Innovation Competition, has lauded Israel for its innovations to solve
He said the country
has developed a robust system to address post-harvest losses of which Ghana
could emulate to curb its challenges in post harvest losses.
The awards was
initiated by the Israeli embassy in partnership with Stratcomm Africa during
the 7th edition of the Ghana Garden and Flower Show to honour startups with
innovative solutions related to the growth of the floriculture and agricultural
industry in Ghana.
Mr Nutsugah’s award
earned him a fully paid trip to Israel
to join in three conferences which covered Food-Tech, Agri-Fest and one focused
on Sports Technology to learn of best practices, to network and to seek potential
investors to improve and implement his storage unit project which would store
farm products at farm gates to prevent post -harvest loses with the Coologi
He said about 30
per-cent of Ghana’s fruits and vegetables harvested were lost due to lack of
storage facilities at the farm gates.
Mr Nutsugah said his
initiative would improve the shelf-life of such farm products and put a smile
on the faces of farmers.
He said the people
of Israel are far-planners who took pragmatic steps to solve future problems adding
that such innovators were supported by their government to implement their
He expressed his
gratitude for the wealth of experience gained from the trip and urged
innovators to participate in the Ghana Garden and Flower Show and the Israeli
Green Innovation Competition.
Madam Esther A.N
Cobbah, Chief Executive Officer of Stratcomm Africa, said the firm would this
year celebrate its silver anniversary under the theme: “Communication
Excellence for Africa’s priority in the digital age”.
She said over the
years apart from the Ghana Garden and Flower Show and Israeli Green Innovation
Awards, the communication company has served Ghanaians with events which
amongst others stimulates innovation, entrepreneurship, environmental
conservation, job creation and the potential to improved livelihoods in Ghana
to realise the Sustainable Development Goals.
Madam Shank Cooper,
Israel’s Ambassador to Ghana, said she is delighted at the success of the
awards and urged the winner and other business startups to put in more efforts
and resources to achieve their dream.
She said come 2020
the second edition of the Innovation Awards is expected to receive more young
innovators to join in the challenge.
She said many in her
country have good memories of Ghana where it is considered as a Garden of Eden
due to its vegetation.
She said the Embassy
is committed to develop the floriculture and agricultural industry in the
country, hence instituting the award scheme.