Agrihouse to launch 11th annual pre-harvest conference and exhibitions
Agrihouse Foundation, is about to organize a press launch in preparation for the 11th annual preharvest agribusiness conference and exhibitions. This year’s pre-harvest event is themed “Working Together to Improve Agri-Food Marketing Channels Beyond the Pandemic”.
Sponsoring organizations include the Agricultural Development Bank; YARA GHANA, OCP AFRICA, Ecobank Ghana and United Fertilizer Company Limited. The collaborating institutions are the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) and the North Regional Coordinating Council (NRCC).
The press conference, which will be held at the Resource Center of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, will also provide an overview of the theme, expectations and outcomes of the 3-day event. Organizing partners, collaborating institutions and sponsors will be present, including YARA Ghana, the Agricultural Development Bank, Ecobank, the Israeli Embassy and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture. Representatives of farmers’ organizations, buyers, input dealers, tractor and equipment companies, processors and other value chain actors will also be present.
Organizers aim to use the launch to highlight the activities outlined for the 3-day event, which is scheduled to take place at the AliuMahama Sports Stadium, in Tamale in the Northern region, from Tuesday October 19 through Thursday October 21.
Agrihouse Foundation Executive Director Alberta Nana Akyaa Akosa said the three-day Agri-Food Market Liaison Event, as part of the training and capacity session, will highlight and address the challenges as the COVID-19 pandemic has intensified in the agricultural sector; the effects it has had on the marketing of agrifood products, while exploring existing market channels to address these challenges.
The event will also feature a farmer-buyer dialogue, where farmers of various commodities including maize, rice, millet, sorghum, soybeans, cowpeas, cashews, shea, etc. ., meet, negotiate and sign supply agreements with buyers.
Another highlight of the 3-day event will be the field demonstrations, where farmers and stakeholders will learn, appreciate and adopt best practices in farm management. This will take place at the Agrihouse AGRI-VILLAGE Foundation, a ten (10) acre plot, donated by the Bamvim Lana (Chief of Bamvim). Companies that run various training sessions are expected to set up demo mini-fields for a more engaging hands-on session.
In the short and long term, the Agri-village of the Agrihouse Foundation is expected to house different types of farms (including seed and livestock farms), demonstration centers, conference / workshop rooms, toilets, exhibition stores for agricultural enterprises, training and recreation centers, storage space, processing centers, production hall, laboratories and research centers.
“As the country opens up, amid the COVID-19 pandemic and current trends and the ongoing registration process, we are confident that a good number of companies will register to showcase their products and services. This year’s pre-harvest event is sure to play its part in helping farmers and agribusinesses access opportunities to expand their growth potentials and forge new partnerships. We have a strong team with the capacity to do this, ”said Ms. Akosa.