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The West Africa International Trade Show dubbed agrofood and plastprintpack has begun earnestly in Accra with an agenda for the revival of local production in the agrofood industry in Ghana and the sub-region in the medium-term.
The 4th International Trade Show on Agriculture, Food & Beverage and Plastics, Printing & Packaging Solutions and Technology is organized every two years by Fairtrade as a platform for interactions between potential investors in the agrofood industry and the right technology and machinery required for food processing, printing and packaging.
The agrofood fair has come in handy, at a time where the West African economy continues to witness an upsurge in imports of finished foods as well as of agricultural and food processing and packaging technology since it will help to reduce the huge import burden of the countries by establishing local subsidiaries.
This year’s fair has a record 93 exhibitors from 21 countries including Algeria, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Iran, Italy and Korea. The rest are Netherlands, Nigeria, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom.
There are also five national pavilions participating in this year’s event from: Algeria showcasing agro-industrial solutions and technologies; France, organized by adepta – the French agrofood association offering French know-how and technology for agriculture, livestock and agrofood production of eight French exhibitors.
The others are the Netherlands under the theme “Holland – Ghana Growing Together” offering seeds, plants, processed foods and tissue culture supplies; Poland, supported by the Marshall Office of the Wielkopolska Region, displaying agrofood products and equipment of 12 Polish exhibitors; as well as Sri Lanka Tea Board with 6 exhibitors offering Ceylon Tea.
The three-day event which started on Tuesday December 5, will last till Thursday December 7. It was officially opened by Papa Kow Bartels, an official of the Ministry of Trade and Industry. He gave thumbs up to the organizers of the event and expressed the wish that the event is more on annual bases to serve as a catalyst for the growth of the agrofood Industry since it ties in with government’s working plan for the Industry.
Source: Clement Akoloh || ghananewsonline.com.gh