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Ministry of Food and Agriculture endorses the First Value Added Agriculture Expo West Africa

Building 'farm to fork' agricultural capacity, showcasing sustainable and advanced farming solutions
Ministry of Food and Agriculture endorses the First Value Added Agriculture Expo West Africa

Ghana’s agriculture, aquaculture and agro processing sectors will benefit from the first comprehensive Value Added Agriculture Expo to be staged in Ghana, when Reed Exhibitions brings the event to Accra in August, 2018.

The Value Added Agriculture Expo West Africa will be West Africa’s largest exhibition promoting ‘farm to fork’ solutions in value added agriculture and aquaculture. To be held at the Providence Events and Recreation Centre from 2-4 August 2018, the Value Added Agriculture Expo West Africa and co-located Value Added Aquaculture Expo West Africa are supported and endorsed by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture.

“Agriculture is one of West African region’s most important sectors, with food sustainability of key importance to the country,” says Carol Weaving Managing Director Reed Exhibitions. “Value Added Agriculture supports food sustainability and increases export opportunities and profits, which is crucial for both food security and economic development,” she says.

“This event will cover the full value chain in agric business, showcasing input, livestock care solutions to farmers and agro processing best practices to increase the production ratio of outputs to input. The show brings together all the major players offering products and services to the industry.”

In addition to showcasing the latest solutions, the show will also offer a Live Demo Area and formal training workshops, farmers alike will have an opportunity to learn new practical and business skills. Farmers will discover new techniques for tractor handling, planting, soil testing, irrigation, crop protection and livestock care.

Technical & business management workshops for Agro Processors will assist the industry to improve production by using the latest equipment, technology and services.

Bringing the event to Ghana are Diamond Sponsors Barclays, Platinum Sponsors Kingdom of Netherlands Mel Consulting, and Gold Sponsors Interplast and Ecommodity Express, in partnership with Reed Exhibitions.

“Barclays Bank has between January 2015 and 2018 financed US$59.35m worth of deals in the Maize, Rice & Soy Value Chains alone, and will continue to support the agribusiness value chain as we rebrand to ABSA,” says Patience Akyianu, Managing Director of Barclays Bank Ghana.

H.E. Ron Strikker Ambassador of The Netherlands, says: “The Government of Ghana accords high priority to making agriculture a top sector in Ghana. Initiatives like the Planting for Food and Jobs Campaign, the prominent position of agriculture in the 2018 budget and the upcoming Marshall Plan for the sector are proof of this. These efforts are also part of the larger Ghana Beyond Aid Agenda which shows vision and ambition. The Netherlands strongly supports this,” he says. “As one of the world’s leaders in agriculture, we have a lot to offer: knowledge, technology and innovation. Trade in food and related products is substantial and on the rise, as are investments. But much more can still be done and we look forward to supporting Ghana’s growth. The fact that this event focusses on the full agricultural value chain helps to bring the needed transformation of Ghana’s agriculture in a modern and dynamic base of the economy, making it attractive for entrepreneurs and investors and providing jobs for its teeming youth.

"I wish the organisers of the fair success with this event and I am sure it will attract a lot of visitors."

“MEL Consulting is excited to be part of this event. Through our research studies, we have helped our clients to gain a better understanding of rural, agricultural communities and the challenges they face so that projects can be tailored to suit the communities involved and provide the utmost benefit for all parties involved. We come up with results that are actually implementable. We are therefore excited to showcase our experience at this high level event,” says Lucy Quainoo GM of MEL Consulting.

“Interplast is proud to be part of the Value Added Agriculture expo. It is our aim to provide farmers with affordable and easy access to irrigation products and services in Ghana and West Africa,” says Elizabeth Owusu-Gyebi of Interplast.

A fertile soil sustains crop production and life is maintained. “Our land is where life begins." This is our tagline. We at OCP Ghana believe strongly that getting the production right from the start guarantees higher yields in the end. Hence our focus is to get farmers know their soil status and to apply the right fertilisers. We will thus highlight this at the expo.

Exhibitor, AcquahMeyer Aviation is an aviation service provider, registered in the Republic of Ghana with a branch office in Germany, we have 10 years’ experience in the aviation industry and will be providing drone training and demonstrations for crop management in agriculture. “With a pilot background, aircraft sales experience and working with an aviation training organisation, we are poised to lead a group of dynamic staff to give nothing but the best. Our partnership with the best companies in the industry makes as comparable to none”, says Mr Eric Acquah, Director of AcquahMeyer Aviation.

The Value Added Agriculture Expo West Africa and co-located Value Added Aquaculture Expo West Africa and SMARTFactories expo will be held at the Providence Events and Recreation Centre, Accra, Ghana, from 2-4 August 2018. For more information on how to exhibit and visit, go to www.valueaddedagri-wa.co.za.

Limited exhibition space is still available at this premier event. For further information, place contact Adele Eloff Africa Manager Reed Exhibitions at:

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17 Apr 2018 14:50

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