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Established in the year 2008, Agrihouse Foundation, a non governmental organization interested in educating farmers on how to cater for their farm products and appropriate means of applying fertilizers; has launched the 8th Annual Pre-harvest Agribusiness Conference and Exhibitions event in Accra.
In collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), the World Food Programme (WFP) and Acidi Voca, this year’s conference which is under the theme “Transforming Agribusiness in Northern Ghana: The Future starts now”, is expected to equip farmers with the necessary education for growing their business.
The conference which is slated for October 3 to 5, 2018 at Tamale in the Northern Region will enable stakeholders have interactions and link farmers to producers, consumers and all persons involved in the agriculture businesses.
Addressing the gathering the launch the Executive Director of Agrihouse Foundation, Alberta Nana Akyaa Akosa, said, the pre-harvest conference and exhibition event has become one of the leading events in Ghana as many stakeholders and farmers meet and to explore diverse ways to grow their business.
She said since it’s inception it has helped farmers to increase productivity in many areas. “Participants will have the opportunity to interact and network with over thousand stakeholders who will take them through series of productions,” she stated.
Supporting the initiative, a Minister of State in charge of Agriculture, Dr. Nurah Gyiele, said creating partnerships and sharing agribusiness development ideas among farmers is a decision in the right direction as it will transform the country’s agricultural system.
He said although Ghana is seen as one of the countries in our part of the world that has successfully transitioned from a subsistence-farming society to a more commercially focused one, the performance of Agribusiness however declined generally until just the past year.
“Agriculture still remains an important contributor to Ghana’s export earnings and a major source of inputs for the manufacturing sector,” he stated.
The Minister noted that President Akufo- Addo is determined to make Agriculture the engine of growth and job creation in Ghana.
He further stated that after a difficult 2016, the Ghana Statistical service has made good progress as it recorded a provisional growth rate of 8.4% at the end of 2017.
“To sustain this growth rate we will need to increase both public and private sector investments in the Agriculture sector, to generate significant gains in productivity, employment and rural poverty reduction,” the minister stated.
The Minister noted that he is pleased that ‘the efforts of Agrichouse Foundation has a welcome bias for Northern Ghana where agricultural growth would help tremendously in our poverty reduction drive in that part of our country and therefore this initiative must be commended’.
Source: Theresa Adezewa Ayittey || Ghananewsonline.com.gh
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