The Northern Regional Minister Honourable Salifu Sa-eed has called on stakeholders and investors to invest in the huge potential in the agricultural sector in the region. He said the current peaceful atmosphere in Dagbon when leveraged on will promote business growth and development.
The Minister made this call at the opening ceremony of the 9th Annual Pre-harvest Agribusiness Conference and Exhibition held at the Aliu Mahama Sports stadium at Tamale in the Northern Region. He encouraged partners of the event to continuously support to farmers and the agribusiness sector to ensure food security.
In her welcome address, the Executive Director at Agrihouse Foundation Ms Alberta Nana Akyaa Akosa stated that the conference is aimed at creating the right platform for actors across the entire agricultural value chain to network, share and exchange knowledge for business growth. “We have tried to create the right platform for stakeholders, agribusiness owners, farmers, brand experts, development partners, government agencies and corporate entities to exchange knowledge and network effectively”, she emphasized.
She added that in line with the theme of the conference which is ” Market Accessibility; The Structured and Sustainable Pathway”, her foundation has developed an online Agrihouse Market Link which offers farmers and agribusiness start-ups the opportunity to market their products.
Ms Akyaa Akosa said her organisation is committed to doing more to transform the agricultural sector, which though potentially rich, has been long underserved.
Touching on the relevance of the theme of the event, the West African Regional Director of Yara International, Mr Danquah Addo-Yobo indicated that, the kind of farming practices adopted by farmers and inputs used during production has direct impact on the product quality and its market value. He added that in order for farmers to have sustainable profits, full attention must be paid to the market demand which forms a critical part of the agricultural value chain. He therefore advised farmers to adopt best farming practices to increase productivity and use the right inputs to produce quality food crops to meet the quality demand on the market.
The 9th annual Pre-harvest Agribusiness Conference and Exhibition organised by Agrihouse Foundation is currently underway in Tamale. The event brought together actors across Ghana’s agricultural value chain and partners including Kosmos Energy, Ecobank, Ministry of food and Agriculture, the Northern Development Authority, USAID Advance, Chemico, the Ghana Commodities Exchange, UKaid, Yara Ghana, the Northern Regional Coordinating Council and the MADE Program. Over three thousand participants are expected to take part in the three day event.
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