This year’s Pre-Harvest to focus on sustainable and structured markets for the agricultural sector.
The 9th Annual Pre-harvest Agribusiness Exhibitions and Conference builds on the success of the 2018 event, which is scheduled from September 25-27, 2019 at the Aliu Mahama Sports stadium. This event is expected to bring together about 3000 farmers, agribusinesses and value chain actors to share ideas and discuss measures to be put in place to ensure a more structured and sustained market access and linkages for farmers and agribusinesses during the season.
The 3-day upcoming exhibition and conference will operate on the theme: “Market Access: what is the structured and sustainable pathway?”
The event will place more emphasis on training actors through practical sessions, field demonstrations and open dialogue, whiles offering business and networking opportunities and showcases through the exhibitions that will be running alongside.
Topics and thematic areas to be explored during period will include Market Linkages, Commodity Pricing, Favorable Agricultural policies, Financing, Seed quality systems, best practices in agricultural production, nutrition, climate-smart agricultural practices and approaches, system and structures. There will also be focused training and capacity building sessions on donor-funded projects, impact on gender equality & women empowerment, Agricultural technology and innovations impacting the sector. These topics were carefully selected, based on the feedback from the 2018 event survey.
In his statement, Dr. Abdel Majeed, CEO of the Northern Development Authority, an organising partner said, the annual Pre-Harvest Agribusiness Exhibition & Conference, a major interventional leading event on the Ghanaian agricultural calendar has over the years served as stimulating platform for training, match-making, agribusiness development, increased stakeholder linkages and expanded opportunities.
The 9th Pre-harvest will continue to build upon on-going collaborations to accelerate the transformation of agribusiness and position the Northern region as a hub for agro-processors to source raw materials. The initiative also strengthens the capacity of farmer-based organisations and aggregators to play key roles as agricultural marketing actors.
According to Alberta Nana Akyaa Akosa, Executive Director of Agrihouse Foundation, the 2018 event, attracted a total of 3,122 participants, including farmers, farmer groups, aggregators, processors, buyers, transporters, input dealers, civil society, government ministries and agencies, industry and business leaders, agricultural marketing experts, financial institutions, brand specialists, policy makers and influencers, development organisations. It recorded 144 companies exhibiting during the program.
“The above shows the growth and sustained interest of participants over the years and I am very positive of increase in participation for this year. This year’s Pre-Harvest will play a critical role in opening up markets, to compliment Government’s initiatives and Development Partner interventions”, Alberta emphasised.
USAID ADVANCE handed over the organization of the Pre-Harvest event to Agrihouse Foundation, with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Northern Development Authority and the Northern Regional Coordinating Council as organizing partners. The handing over formed part of USAID ADVANCE effort to sustain the event to continuously support the transformation of agricultural production and provide long term market development opportunities.
Sponsors of the event include Yara Ghana, Ecobank, John Deere, Kosmos Energy, Interplast, RMG, Dizengoff, Hatuom Trading, Mel Consulting Limited, LK International and Dizengoff Ghana.
Agricinghana Media is a Media Partner to Agrihouse Foundation.