The eleventh edition of the Pre-harvest Agribusiness and Exhibition Conference themed “Working Together to Improve Market Channels for Agri-foods Beyond the Pandemic” has been launched by Agrihouse Foundation in Accra. The conference which holds annually is scheduled to take place from October 19-21, 2021 at the Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium in Tamale, Northern Region of Ghana.
The annual Pre-harvest Agribusiness Exhibition and Conference is an event designed to train and establish stakeholder linkages, exhibit and expand agribusiness opportunities. It was started by the USAID-ADVANCE Project in 2010 and on project exit, handed over to Agrihouse Foundation to manage.
In her remarks, the Chief Executive Officer of Agrihouse Foundation. Alberta Nana Akyaa Akosa, stated that the event has been of huge benefit to numerous farmers and agribusinesses, helping reduce market access challenges in Ghana. Several participating agribusinesses have sealed market links during the event days, she emphasized.
The West Africa Regional Director for Yara International, Danquah Addo-Yobo, in a message reiterated his outfit’s commitment to continue the partnership with Agrihouse Foundation to create opportunities for value chain actors through the conference. He added that Yara International in collaboration with USAID has been running over hundred demonstration farms to train farmer cooperatives and improve the lives of farmers.
The Chief of Bamvim, Bamvilana Mahama Abdul II, in a speech read for him indicated that the Pre-harvest conference is a key event that has supported the growth and development of agriculture in the Northern Region. A document containing a 10-acre (4.05 hectares) farm parcel donated by the chief was presented to Agrihouse Foundation in response to the foundation's request for land for the establishment of a state-of-the-art agricultural training and demonstration centre to be named Agrihouse Foundation Agri-Village. The Agri-Village is expected to house seed and livestock farms, production centres conference, workshop halls, exhibition stores, recreational centres, laboratories and research centres.
The three-day event has been structured into various sessions including training and capacity building sessions, commodity breakout sessions, farmer-buyer amtchmaking dialogues, exhibitions and field demonstrations.
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