Agribusiness Exhibition Set For October

Alberta Nana Akyea Akosa, Executive Director of Agrihouse Foundation

The 8th edition of the annual Pre-Harvest Agribusiness Exhibition & Conference is scheduled to take place at the Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium in Tamale between 3rd and 5th October, 2018.

The agribusiness exhibition and conference is a business forum and interventional platform that provides opportunities for various value chain actors in the agric sector to meet, discuss business, contracts and work together to promote the sector.

“Our goal is to ensure that enough produce is available locally for consumption thereby drastically food reducing importation. This gathering will include farmers, public and private sector business officials and other ideas people,” Alberta Nana Akyea Akosa, Executive Director of Agrihouse Foundation, organizers of the event said in a news release yesterday.

The 8th Pre-Harvest Agribusiness Exhibition and Conference is being partnered by the World Food Programme, USAID, Northern Regional Coordinating Council (NRCC) and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture of Ghana.

It’s being sponsored by Yara Ghana, Ecobank, Kosmos Energy, Hatoum Trading, LK International, Mel Consult, Interplast and Afgri John Deree.

“Aside showcasing the many activities and businesses in the various areas of the agric sector, such as seed production, fertilizer, finance, fisheries, storage, machinery, livestock, packaging & processing, ICT in agric, among others, participants will be taken through practical and engaging sessions at the conference to enable them gain deeper insights into best practices, as well as on how to take full advantage of the numerous opportunities in the agric sector for growth,” she added.

She said over the last seven years, they have succeeded in supporting and improving the activities of many farmers and businesses in the agric-related sectors in Ghana.

Ms. Akosa said that the 8th exhibition is expected to be huge, because many farmers and those in agribusiness had already expressed interest in taking part, adding “we, at Agrihouse Foundation, are very excited to have taken over the organization of this event after seven successful years of its organization by the USAID.”

“Agribusiness is the way to go for the country. It is helping in poverty reduction and accelerated national development,” she said, adding that Agrihouse is commending the various institutions that have been supporting us over the years.”

She said as part of the conference, there will be experts to speak on topics like Farming with Purpose, Food Safety and Quality Standard, Seed Systems, Natural Resources and Climate Change, Poultry and Livestock, Custom and Contract Farming, among others.

There will also be panel discussions, as well as Development Partner Roundtable dialogues.

The release quoted Dr. Emmanuel Dormond, the USAID Chief of Party – ADVANCE as saying he believes that the event will once again become beneficial to participants.

“Starting in 2009 with a little over 200 participants, the event today has grown to attract over 1,000 participants, who are willing and paying to attend in order to have the opportunity to transact business,” he said.

“I will advise everyone in this sector who wants to grow to take advantage of the opportunity this platform provides to make strides.”