West African Regional Director for YARA, Mr. Danquah Addo-Yobo, has reiterated YARA’s commitment to providing solution-oriented support that will continue to empower and improve the livelihoods of farmers and other agric value chain actors.
He said the annual 3-days Pre-harvest Agribusiness Exhibitions and Conference event, organized by Agrihouse Foundation provides YARA the added opportunity to grow the knowledge of farmers in appropriate crop nutrition practices; an effort that aligns with the organization’s mission of feeding the world and protecting the planet.
“For us this is where we take a lot of comfort, knowing that we have been part and continue to be part of something much bigger than just a project. Pre-harvest is impacting the agricultural sector greatly,” he stressed.
Mr. Addo-Yobo made these comments yesterday at the Press Launch of 11th edition of the annual Pre-harvest Agribusiness Exhibitions and Conference event, organized by Agrihouse Foundation, in Accra.
He said, YARA has been supportive and committed to the growth of Pre-harvest since its inception in 2010, and will continue to do so, by setting up more demonstration fields within communities for educational purposes, getting more agronomists to strengthen Yara’s regular farm visits and also re-introducing the YARA farm clinics within farming communities.
Mr. Addo-Yobo commended Agrhouse Foundation for holding down the fort and over the years, working to scale-up the effectiveness of the 3-days Agribusiness Exhibitions and Conference.
This year, YARA is a sponsor of the leading market linkage event. YARA will be leading a number of commodity training sessions and other Agric development sessions on Gender, Youth in Agric, Crop Nutrition and share case studies and stories of Modules that have worked at the Pre-harvest event.
At the end of each Yara session, participants will be leaving with knowledge of best crop nutrition solutions, practices, when adopted will lead to increase in yield and maximize high return on investments. Yara sessions will also offer you evidenced based solutions of when to grow, how to grow at the right place, with the right recommendations and the right fertilizer.
The event is scheduled to open in Tamale, at the Alieu Mahama sports Stadium, from Tuesday, 19 October to Thursday, 21 of October 2021.
About Pre-Harvest Agribusiness Conference & Exhibitions
Now in its 11th year, the Pre-harvest Annual Exhibitions and Conference has become one of the leading and highly impactful interventional events on the Ghanaian Agribusiness calendar.
It won the Agribusiness event of the Year in 2018. The event promotes business Partnerships among value chain actors, especially farmers, buyers, processors, transporters, input dealers, equipment dealers, financial institutions, telecom companies and policy makers.
It also seeks to accelerate the transformation of agribusiness in Northern Ghana with the Government’s initiatives, a strong drive by agro-processors to source raw materials locally, a growing band of agribusiness entrepreneurs, and lessons from development Partner interventions.
The event also aims to get the Agribusiness sector to influence transformation, with the heightened focus on public-private Partnerships, investment opportunities and creating an action-driven blueprint for an increasingly sustainable agricultural movement.
Started in October 2010 in Tamale in the Northern Region, by the USAID ADVANCE, the Annual Pre-harvest Agribusiness Exhibitions and Conference event was handed over to Agrihouse Foundation, in 2018, in an effort to scale the event up and to allow for more public and Private sector participation. The handing over was also to allow for further growth, sustainability and expansion.
Since the handing over in 2018, Agrihouse Foundation, together with Partners have steadily grown the platform, from a day’s event, to a 3-day event. The Farmer, private, public and stakeholder participation has also increased significantly over the last 3 years, making huge impacts, through market linkages, trainings, demonstrations and other capacity building sessions. The event has grown to be an Award Winning Market linkage event and the leading Agribusiness platform in the country.
In 2020, the event recorded a total of 3,122 participants and 122 exhibitors including farmers, traders, commodity brokers, input companies, machinery and equipment providers, transporters, financial institutions, ICT, Innovations, Poultry and Livestock companies, packaging and processing companies, development practitioners and government agencies, among others.
The agribusiness exhibitions and conference event has since its inception cntinuously and consistently scaled-up accessibility to market and strengthened the value chain of agribusinesses in the country. It is currently the only event within the country’s agricultural space that and facilitates ready market engagements, for farmers and agribusinesses.