The Ghana Society of Animal Production (GSAP), Ghana Animal Science Association (GASA), Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), Ministry of Food and Agriculture, USDA Amplifies and Agrihouse Foundation held a Press Briefing yesterday July, 10 th 2019, on the up-coming 7th All Africa Conference on Animal Agriculture (AACAA) and The Livestock, Poultry and Fisheries Trade Show (LiPF 2019) in Ghana.
The theme for this year is: Innovations to Harness the Potential of African Animal Agriculture in a Globalising World.
Ghana is privileged to host the Quadrennial event in Accra this year from 29th July- 2nd August, 2019 at the Accra International Conference Centre. Over 600 Exhibitors from various African countries are expected at this year’s event. During the press briefing, the Executive Director of Agrihouse Foundation, Alberta Akosa iterated that there will be side events, seminars and training sessions such as starting a poultry business with 100 birds and requirements.
The USDA Amplifies is a Headline Sponsor of the event and seeks to promote its Food for Progress Project. This project aims at improving feed in the poultry sector. There will be local and international experts to elaborate on Feed Quality Control and Maintenance of Technical Equipment.
Amplifies is also promoting the consumption of eggs in Ghana thus promoting the economy of the poultry sector. Various finger foods produced from eggs will also be available for tasting and sampling.
The Director of Animal Production at the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Mr. Edwin Bekui emphasized the recently launched Rearing for Food and Jobs (RFJ) Programme explaining that the initiative has a lot of untapped potentials and aims at reducing the importation of livestock products. He added that local production in Ghana is only about 19%. Furthermore, by 2050 the demand for food is expected to double and this implies that our import of about 81% is likely to double therefore the need to produce more.
He added that the RFJ will support entrepreneurs along the livestock value chain with the best inputs for optimum output that meet international standards.
Also in attendance were lecturers from University of Ghana, University of Cape Coast, The National Chairman of Cattle Farmers’ Association and members of the press.
The organisers are inviting members of the public to patronise the event. The AACAA event will create opportunities for networking and business opportunities for current and prospective investors along the livestock value chain. It also seeks to increase productivity, Food Security and profitability among the various actors.
News Source: Agricinghana Media
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