Northern Regional Minister, Hon. Shani Alhassan Shaibu at the 12th Pre-harvest Agribusiness Conference and Exhibitions commended Agrihouse Foundation for sustaining the impactful interventional event that provides spaces for farmer groups, processors and agri-businesses to connect, network, trade, mount exhibitions, share information, ideas and build capacity as agricultural stakeholders.
According to him, the 3-day leading market linkage event has not failed to continue growing and making tangible socio-economic impacts under the care of Agrihouse.
He added that the event is currently the only market linkage platform in the country’s agricultural space, enabling and ensuring a ready market for farmers and agribusinesses in the country.
Hon Shaibu reiterated his firm support, and that of the Northern Regional Coordinating Council (NRCC) towards the event as it continues to shine bright lights on the host region – the Northern Region of Ghana.
He harnessed the opportunity to acknowledge the contribution of the lead sponsors of the programme: Yara Ghana, GIZ, MOAP, meter, ADB and Eco Bank and others for the great job done to the success of the Annual Pre-Harvest Agribusiness Conference and Exhibitions.
Speaking at the event, the Executive Director of Agrihouse Foundation, Alberta Nana Akyaa Akosa revealed that the Pre-harvest has generated an estimated 5 billion USD of businesses for stakeholders in the past eleven (11) years.
“I am extremely excited that these three days of Exhibition, Farmer-to-Buyer Matchmaking, Training and Capacity Building Sessions and Farmer-to-Farmer Apprenticeship Programme, will give us all the opportunity to build lasting partnerships and strengthen existing ones”, she stated.
She said the Farmer-to-Farmer Apprenticeship Programme will make room for expert field representatives to run practical and demonstrative training sessions for selected farmer groups, including FBO’s, PWDs and other women-led groups.
She is anticipating that both local and commercial farmers will develop and strengthen their capacities, to practically embrace and manage machines, equipment and agri farm inputs that will enhance their productivity and market growth.
“For the past eleven years, Agrihouse and partners, through the event have been connecting and engaging the agric-sector; linking small-scale farmers and groups to buyers and connecting international agribusinesses to local ones”, she said.
She expressed gratitude to Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) and the Northern Regional Coordinating Council (NRCC) for the firm collaboration and partnerships throughout the years.