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Ghana to Host the Value Added Agriculture Expo in August this year.

Building ‘farm to fork’ agricultural capacity, showcasing sustainable and advanced farming solutions

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.

“The Minister of State at the Ministry of Food and Agriculture Hon. Dr. Nurah Gyiele, said the hosting of the event was in line with the President’s policy to modernise agriculture. He reiterated that fact that the Planting for Food and Jobs programme has created 745, 000 jobs and empowered 200, 000 farmers with improvement seed and farming inputs.

Hon Dr Gyiele said, the event to be held in Ghana, stresses the need for value addition, “We must develop value chains that will make all the difference in our earnings for the rich resources of our land. He was positive that the expo would bring out the best in the agric industry and create a solid platform for exchange of ideas, networking among industry players and foster business relationships and partnerships.”

 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 and 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, Gold Sponsors Interplast, Ecommodity Express and Hatoum Trading, 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. I wish the organizer’s of the fair success with this event and I am sure it will attract a lot of visitors.

RST Company Limited incorporated in 1994 is predominantly a supplier of Agric  Machinery and Equipment, a major player in the Agricultural Value Chain. 

Our activities span from supply of land preparation, planting, harvesting, threshing, grain cleaning, drying, processing machines and other auxiliary equipment.  Our unique activities have made us the “Farmers Friend” and our ability to be the pioneers in a lot of areas has also earned us the slogan WE ARE OLD ENOUGH TO BREAK NEW GROUNDS.

“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 fertilizers. 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.

“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, says Carol Weaving Managing Director Reed Exhibitions”

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 email: adele.eloff@reedexpoafrica.co.za Contact: 0027 84 658 6551.