A Planning Team has been officially inaugurated at the World Food Programme offices, in Accra, to offer technical advice and support, in the planning and organization of the 8th Annual Pre-harvest Agribusiness Exhibitions and Conference, to be held from the 3-5 October, 2018 at the Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium.
The committee comprises representatives of private companies sponsoring the 8th pre-harvest event, development partners and government. It includes senior officials from Yara Ghana, AFGRI John Deere, Interplast, ECOBANK, World Food Programme, USAID ADVANCE Project, Agrihouse Foundation, Ministry of Food and Agriculture, and Northern Regional Coordinating Council.
This year’s pre-harvest event will be held under the theme: Agribusiness in Northern Ghana, the Future Starts Now. The event seeks to accelerate the transformation of agribusiness in Northern Ghana with the Government’s ‘Planting for Food and Jobs’ programme, strong drive by agro-processors to source raw materials locally, a growing band of agribusiness entrepreneurs, and lessons from development partner interventions. It also aims to get the Agribusiness sector to influence transformation, with the heightened focus on public-private partnerships, investment opportunities and creating an action-driven blueprint for an increasingly sustainable agricultural movement.
For the first time since its inception in 2011, the 8th Preharvest Event will be held for three days. It is expected to attract 2,000 participants and exhibitors including farmers, traders, commodity brokers, input companies, machinery and equipment providers, transporters, financial institutions, ICT, Innovations, Poultry and Livestock companies, packaging and processing companies, development practitioners and government agencies, among others. Exhibitors are expected to increase from 72 companies in 2017 to about 120 exhibitors this year.
Event activities include Exhibitions, Dialogue and Networking Sessions, Training, and Farm Tours. For the first time the scope of the event has been extended to include livestock and poultry. Our top priority would be to provide the right environment for networking, learning, sharing of ideas and discussing the season’s outlook on production; identify critical policies to support competitive marketing and to establish firm marketing relationships, as well as providing solutions to the challenges and issues within agribusiness.