Accra: August 13, 2018: The 8th edition of the annual Pre-Harvest Agribusiness Exhibition & Conference is scheduled to take place at the Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium in Tamale from October 3-5, 2018.
The Pre-Harvest Agribusiness Exhibition & Conference is a business forum and an interventional platform that provides opportunities for various actors in the agricultural value chain meet, discuss business, contracts and work together as a coherent team with a goal to ensure that enough produce is available locally for consumption thereby drastically reducing importation.
This gathering will include farmers, public and private sector business officials and agribusiness startups.
Aside showcasing the many activities and businesses in the various areas of the agricultural sector, such as seed production, fertilizer, finance, fisheries, storage, machinery, livestock, packaging and processing, ICT among others, participants will be taken through practical and engaging sessions at the conference to enable them gain deeper insights into best farming practices.
The event over the last seven years has succeeded in supporting and improving the activities of several thousands of farmers and on-and-off farm businesses in Ghana.
In his view, Dr. Emmanuel Dormond, the USAID-ADVANCE Project Chief of Party, believes that the event has been very beneficial to participants over the last seven years.
“Starting in 2009 with a little over 200 participants, the event today has grown to attract over 1000 Participants who are willing and paying to attend in order to have the opportunity to transact business.
Several Participants have confirmed that they have made business deals, got contracts, as well as getting buyers who are ready to offtake their produce”. He said. “I will advice everyone in this sector who wants to grow to take the opportunity this platform provides to make strides”. He concluded.
On her part, the Executive Director of Agrihouse Foundation, organizers of the event, Alberta Nana Akyea Akosa said, the 8th edition of the event is expected to see an even bigger participation as more and more farmers, farmer groups and businesses in the sector have expressed interest in participating. “We at Agrihouse Foundation are very excited to have taken over the organization of this event after seven successful years of it being organized by the USAID.
This year’s edition has attracted a lot of inputs from private sector and international organizations, making it an exciting experience.
According to Alberta, they expect a much larger number of participating exhibitors and conference attendees this year judging from the early signals they are picking up. This they believe is as a result of the immense benefits the previous editions have provided its participants”.
“Agribusiness is the way to go in poverty reduction and national development. I am elated and grateful to the various institutions that have seen wisdom in this idea and have supported it over the years. I call on other sector-focused organizations to come forward to lend support so together we can build a stronger agricultural sector and a bigger national economy led by agriculture.” She concluded.
The 8th Pre-Harvest Agribusiness Exhibition & Conference is being partnered by the World Food Programme, USAID, the Northern Regional Coordinating Council, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), and Agricinghana Media.
It’s being sponsored by Yara Ghana, Ecobank, Kosmos Energy, Hatoum Trading, LK International, Mel Consult, Interplast and AFGRI John Deere.
Over 2000 participants are expected in Tamale to participate in the event whose conference will see over ten practical and engaging topics being discussed to be led by knowledgeable and skilled individuals in the agriculture and other related sectors. These sessions include, 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, Development Partner Roundtable dialogues, Field trips and farm demonstrations.
The Pre-harvest Agribusiness Exhibitions and Conference promises to be practical, engaging and fruitful.
Agricinghana Media is a strategic Media to the 8th Pre-Harvest Exhibition and Conference.