The 9th Annual Pre-Harvest Conference and Exhibition opens today in Tamale

Wednesday, September 25, 2019, Tamale:  The 9th Annual Pre-Harvest Conference and Exhibition will open today targeting at least 3,000 participants visiting the Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium in Tamale.

In a press release issued from the city of Tamale by the organizing company, Agri-house Foundation, preparations is complete for the annual agricultural event.

“Everything is now in place for staging one of Ghana’s leading agricultural events,” Ms. Alberta Akosa, Executive Director, Agrihouse Foundation, was quoted as saying.

Ms. Akosa further expounded: “This year, training and workshop sessions would explore thematic areas like Market Linkages, Commodity Pricing, Financing, Seed Quality Systems, Favourable Agricultural Policies, Best Practices in Agricultural Production, Nutrition and Climate-smart Agriculture.

There would also be a focused training and capacity building session, impact on gender equality and women empowerment, agricultural technology and innovation platforms.”

Ms Aberta Akosa, Executive Director, Agri-house foundation

The event is expected to bring together about 3,000 farmers, value chain actors, and agribusiness owners to network on ensuring more structured and sustained market access  is achieved in the sector.

With the theme, Market Accessibility: The Structured and Sustainable Pathway, the annual agricultural gathering has Hon. Dr. Gyiele Nurah, the Minister of State at the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, as the Keynote Speaker.

Other special Guests and Speakers include Honourable Salifu Saeed, the Northern Regional Minister; H.H. Ron Strikker, Ambassador of The Netherlands to Ghana; Mr. Danquah Addo-Yobo, Managing Director, Yara Ghana Limited; Madam Pamela C. Bowen, Country Lead, the MADE Programme; and Mr. Joe Mensah, Vice President & Country Manager, Kosmos Energy.

Also speaking at the Pre-Harvest event would be Mr. Dan Sackey, Managing Director, Ecobank; Mr. James Boateng, 2018 National Best Farmer; and Christel Musadi Tshikudi, Chief of Party, USAID’s Advance Project.

Now in its 9th year, the Annual Pre-harvest Conference and Exhibitions event has become one of the leading events on Ghana’s agribusiness calendar. The event will run from Wednesday 25th to Friday 27th September, 2019, at the Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium, Tamale.

In organizing this event, Agrihouse Foundation, in partnership with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Northern Development Authority and the Northern Regional Coordinating Council, together with other private and international organizations, seek to assist farmers and agribusinesses to expand their businesses before and after harvesting, and to create enabling environment for new partnerships to spur the growth of Ghana’s agricultural sector.

The northern Ghana is particularly targeted for this event because of the urgent need to begin to explore the rich agricultural potential of the region for the effective improvement of the food basket from the region. Northern Ghana, with at least 8 million unused acres of agricultural land with highly suitable soils, is ideal and open for large scale farming, development of modern agro-industry supply chains, poultry and vegetable oils, rice, sugar, cotton, cassava, shea, highly value-added tree crops, livestock, aquaculture, etc. “We are happy to note that the event is already beginning to achieve positive indications that we are moving in the right direction,” Ms. Akosa enlightened.

The event won the Agribusiness event of the year 2018 and recorded a total of 3,122 participants and 141 exhibitors during the 8th Pre-harvest agribusiness event.

In addition to the support of USAID ADVANCE, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Northern Development Authority and the Northern Regional Coordinating Council as organizing partners, the event also enjoys the sponsorship support of the MADE Programme, UKaid, Yara Ghana, Ecobank, Kosmos Energy, Ghana Commodity Exchange (GCX) and Chemico Limited.

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