As part of efforts to promote healthy lifestyle as well improve upon the Agriculture sector of Ghana, a fair has been opened in Accra on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 to showcase healthy and quality vegetables produced in Ghana.
Dubbed “the 3rd GhanaVeg fruit and vegetable fair” is a 3-day event starting from June 13-15 staged at the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel on the theme: “Fruits and Vegetables made in Ghana”.
Speaking at the opening, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Robert Ahomka-Lindsay expressed government commitment to work assiduously to address the numerous challenges businesses are faced with in the country in order to help create enabling environment for trade to flourish as well as make Ghana vegetables acceptable in Europe.
According to him, his outfit will continue to work towards revamping the Ghana Export Import (EXIM) Bank to improve the country’s export competitiveness, to rake in much needed foreign exchange and improve balance of trade. Identifying packaging as the ‘biggest challenge’ hampering smooth operation of businesses in the country especially in the horticultural sector, Robert Ahomka-Lindsey assured companies of gov’t support towards fixing the problem.
While commending GhanaVeg and its partners for the initiative, he pledges his outfit’s support in every way possible towards the successful implementation of the program.
For his part, the Netherlands Ambassador to Ghana, Mr. Ron Strikker underscored the importance of his outfit to partner with the Ghanaian counterpart in a program that seeks to promote and improve the Agriculture sector of the Ghanaian economy.
Ghana is known to be the major importer of vegetables and fruits with yearly amount of 2 billion cedis due its inability of producing locally to feed its people. “That means for a country like Ghana, there’s a huge potential of making more production locally” said Mr. Strikker.
According to him, the promotion of growing vegetables and fruits for the domestic market is steps in the right direction which will not only yield positive result in terms of a long return but will also improve the health of every Ghanaian in the country. “Fruits and vegetables are good for your health. This fair has a lot of future because fruits and vegetables are going to be the basis of our daily intake of food” he stressed.
With over 50 Ghanaian companies representing the entire vegetable value chain in the country including an 11-member trade mission from the Netherlands horticulture sector in attendance for the first time, this year’s GhanaVeg Fruit and Vegetable fair is touted as the biggest in the history of Ghana since its inception 3 years ago.
According to Sheila Assibey-Yeboah, GhanaVeg’s Senior Business Advisor, the delegation from Netherlands will hold matchmaking sessions with Ghanaian businesses to discuss business partnerships and investments opportunities. The 3-day event will also serve as an avenue for business platform meeting in which agronomic issues will be discussed including road map for pest reduction in the country’s vegetable export sector. The occasion will also be used to honor seven companies for their innovative contributions to the sector.
By Joseph Kobla Wemakor/Ghananewsone.com