’12th pre-harvest to increase business, market engagement among value chain actors’

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The Agrihouse Foundation will organize the 12e edition of the annual pre-harvest agribusiness conference and exhibitions in the Northern region.

On the theme “Connecting the unconnected: the farmer-buyer and the market”.

The three-day event is due to take place from Tuesday 25 October to Thursday 27 October at the Aliu Mamaha Sports Stadium, Tamale, while the practical training and demonstration sessions take place at Agrihouse Agri-Village TrainingLearning and Demonstration Centre, in Bamvim.

Each year, the event brings together more than three thousand producers of corn, rice, soybeans, sorghum, cowpeas, groundnuts, cashews, vegetables, livestock farmers and actors in the agricultural sector value chain, to discuss production demands, pricing, innovative approaches to boost farming. yields and introduce new Agricultural technologiesfor development and advancement.

It also directly enables more than 70 percent of participants to play a decisive and influential role in the purchase of products, inputs and equipment, through the exhibitions that accompany the three days of the event.

Speaking before the 12th of this yeare In an interview in Accra yesterday, Agrihouse Foundation Alberta Executive Director Nana Akyaa Akosa noted that the platform has generated around $5 billion in business for agribusinesses and value chain players. over the past eleven years.

She said, over three thousand attendees were recorded last year; resulting in a fifteen percent increase in productivity among various farmer groups and value chain actors who sponsored the event.

Between 2017 and 2021, the four (4) key areas of the event; Exhibitions, farmer-buyer matchmaking, training and capacity building, and field demonstrations have seen about a 25-75% increase in growth and sales at equipment and machinery dealerships, financial institutions, ICT and telecommunications companies, she added.

Farmer organizations established relationships with aggregators, while agro-processors purchased over 14,000 tons of soybeans and 31,000 tons of maize from farmers.

“In 2019, we recorded 70 trade transactions during the exhibitions, resulting in approximately GHS 32,420,745 in sales, among input dealers, machinery and equipment dealers,” she revealed.

This year, amid global challenges, exhibitions are still expected to register a marginal increase. Last year, 118 exhibitors were registered, consisting of farmer groups, input companies, seed traders, agricultural marketing experts and financial institutions.

Others included aggregators, brand specialists, transporters, equipment and machinery companies, processing and packaging companies, development partners and donors, corporate institutions, society civil and government agencies.

The range of pre-harvest activities has also expanded to include the Farmer-to-Farmer Learning Session, which is specifically designed as a technical and hands-on learning opportunity; where experienced field representatives will conduct demonstration training sessions for farmers, farmer groups including people with disabilities and other women-led groups.

“Through this new module, we anticipate that local and commercial farmers will develop and strengthen their capacity, to practically adopt and manage agricultural machinery, equipment and inputs that will improve their productivity and market growth,” said Ms. Akosa. .

Yara International West Africa Regional Manager, Solutions, Mr. Danquah Addo-Yobo, said: Yara has rolled out a number of innovative digital tools and systems this year, which will be shared with attendees. as part of the training and capacity building sessions they be leading.

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