Business News of 2014-01-30

Ghanaian farmers to participate in US convention

Ghanaian farmers are to participate in the National Farmers Union convention investment meeting and Field Trips scheduled for Saturday, March 8 to Tuesday, March 14, 2014, in the United States of America.

The farmers, who are being organised by the National Food and Agriculture Show (FAGRO) secretariat, with invitation from the National Farmers Union, USA will participate in the fair to promote, learn, experience and discuss trade and investment opportunities with over 600 stakeholders in agriculture from the USA, Nigeria and other European countries.

Activities for the seven-day programme will include exhibition of agric technology and equipment, Investment, business meetings, field trips to companies and farms, seminars on Farm Management, attracting the youth into agriculture, farm insurance and policy formulation.

According to Alberta Nana Akyaa Akosa, the Exhibition Director of FAGRO, Ghanaian stakeholders in agriculture such as farmers, policy makers, fishery sector players, input suppliers and others would therefore have an opportunity to identify issues, concerns, and opportunities regarding the agricultural sector, adopt and learn means to move their businesses to another stage.

"The NFU convention, which is a programme for farmers and organised independently by farmers on an annual basis, has for the past 112 years, served as a strong voice for American farmers and agric stakeholders,” she said.

The President of the Farmers’ Union of the United States of America, Mr Roger Johnson, said one unique feature of the NFU gathering was that participants would direct the agenda, allowing them to gain information on topics that would be most relevant to their particular operations and the diversity of the group.

The FAGRO secretariat said Ghana would be represented by a 20-member delegation made up of agriculturists, farmers and government officials.

According to Mrs Dr Mary Asiamah, the Director of Women in Agricultural Development at the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, the convention programme serves as an opportunity for over 600 farmers, ranchers, agricultural stakeholders, partners and Government bodies from across the world to gather, share ideas, interact with insightful speakers and discussion panel, on diverse means to develop agriculture in both developed and developing countries.