Let’s explore avenues to export more locally produced goods – Paul Siameh

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The Federation of Associations of Ghanaian Exporters (FAGE) has launched the Ghana Horticulture Expo 2024, a landmark event set to revolutionize the agricultural sector by showcasing the country’s horticultural industry.

Running from July 9 to 11 at the Accra International Conference Center, the Expo aims to enhance the visibility of Ghana’s horticultural potential and promote sustainable farming as a key driver of economic growth through the export of value-added products.

Under the theme “Celebrating Ghana’s Horticultural Diversity; Produce Quality, Export More,” the three-day Expo brings together a diverse group of stakeholders, including business leaders, investors, agricultural producers, researchers, and international buyers.

With over 126 exhibitors, the event highlights Ghana’s rich array of horticultural products, from fresh vegetables and fruits to coconut-based items, cashews, oil palm, farm tools, and other locally produced goods aimed at export and rebranding.

Paul Siameh, Chief Director at t
he Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), expressed his gratitude and optimism for the Expo during his opening address.

“It is an honour and privilege to stand before you today on this occasion of the Made in Ghana Horticulture Export 2024. This Expo promises to be a milestone in the advancement of the horticultural sector,” he said.

Siameh emphasized the crucial role horticulture plays in Ghana’s agricultural growth, contributing significantly to GDP, employment generation, and foreign exchange earnings.

“In recent years, the horticultural sector has seen remarkable growth, driven by the dedication and hard work of farmers, government initiatives, and the collaborative efforts of various stakeholders gathered here. This Expo is a testament to what we can achieve when we unite our efforts towards a common goal.

‘As we embark on this three-day Expo, let us celebrate the diversity of our horticultural produce, recognize the quality that our farmers bring to the table, and explore avenues to export more. T
his event is not just a showcase of our achievements, but also a platform for us to grow together.’

He highlighted the collaboration between FAGE, USAID, Feed the Future Ghana Trade and Investment Activity, GIZ, Ghana Export Promotion Authority, Fidelity Bank, and GESA as an example of the power of partnership in driving sectorial growth.

“Such alliances are crucial in overcoming challenges faced by the sector and in leveraging opportunities for expansion and increased exports,” Siameh noted.

The Expo aims to address key challenges in the horticultural sector, such as limited international exposure, inconsistent supply volumes, and compliance with global standards.

The event features seminars on sustainable farming practices, conferences on market access and technological advancements, and networking sessions to foster collaboration across the agricultural value chain.

A technology showcase will also highlight innovations in horticulture, focusing on identifying challenges and devising strategic plans fo
r the sector’s advancement.

Davies Narh Korboe, President of FAGE, expressed his enthusiasm about the Expo’s potential impact.

“The Ghana Horticulture Expo 2024 represents a pivotal moment for our sector. It’s more than just an exhibition; it’s a catalyst for elevating our industry, enhancing market access, and fostering sustainable growth.

‘We look forward to showcasing Ghana’s agricultural prowess and forging partnerships that will drive economic prosperity and job creation.”

USAID’s Economic Growth Office Director, Andrew Read, highlighted the United States’ commitment to supporting Ghana’s horticultural sector.

“By funding this event through the Feed the Future Ghana Trade and Investment (GTI) Activity, we aim to enhance collaboration among stakeholders, increase private sector involvement in food security initiatives, and empower enterprises to position themselves as engines of growth in Ghana’s economic transformation agenda,” he stated.

Source: Ghana Web