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Agriculture development FAGRO unveils calender aimed at developing agric

In a press release to Pulse business, FAGRO unveils an action-packed 2016 calender.

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Alberta Nana Akyaa Akosa, General Manager of the FAGRO Secretariat. play

Alberta Nana Akyaa Akosa, General Manager of the FAGRO Secretariat.

The National Food and Agric Show (FAGRO) has unveiled its calendar for 2016 aimed at making agric attractive to the populace, and the pathfinder of Ghana’s development.

In a press statement copied to Pulse business, Alberta Nana Akyaa Akosa, General Manager of the FAGRO Secretariat said: “We have a very busy 2016 and we are convinced that the Agric sector deserves even more than the attention we are dedicating. When Agric takes it pride of place, Ghana’s developmental agenda will be greatly stepped up and the Secretariat is committed to the successful roll out of all these events this year as our contribution to making the sector attractive to the rest of the population.”

The statement said from March 7 to 11, the Secretariat in collaboration with Spain-based Agricultural Marketing and Consultancy Firm –  Naxan – will roll out the maiden SPANISH-FAGRO AGRIC TRADE INVESTMENT PROGRAM in Navarra, to equip players in Ghana’s Agric sector of best practices in Spain while offering them opportunities for strategic alliances and investments.

Between April 12 and 13, the Agric Career Show will hold to offer students in agric-oriented institutions, vital insight into job and career prospects in their chosen field of study, the statement said.

In June, two Ghanaians – a student offering Agriculture and a young farmer will attend The All State Leadership Camp, to enrich their knowledge and practice, while offering them life-changing networking opportunities, the statement added.

According to the statement, the 2nd National Agric Summit – the Secretariat’s main platform for dialogue that brings together, key stakeholders such as development partners, researchers, farmer groups, government agencies and corporate leaders -  to look at issues confronting Ghana’s Agricultural Sector, will hold on July 19.

The Beginners Agribusiness Mentorship Initiative (BAMI), a practical educational farming initiative which targets students in Agric Colleges and Second Cycle institutions and ushers them into co-operative agribusiness ventures for three months, will tee off in September.

The mentorship module which will feature three groups of students, each made of eight working on an acre of farmland, is aimed at redirecting students’ attention to making Agric a priority career choice rather than a frustration management venture, the statement explained further.

From October 11 to 13, the frontline annual event of the secretariat, THE FAGRO EXHIBITION, which features general exhibitions, Business to Business meetings and field demonstrations for visitors, comes off.

Considered the torchbearer event that signposts Agric as Ghana’s answer to its development dilemma, The Fagro exhibition will bring Agric-oriented companies (manufacturers, agri-input, financing companies, packaging companies, processing companies, irrigation, Green housing companies, farmer-based organizations) and all directorates of the ministry of agriculture to one venue to showcase their products and policies, forge new business contacts and network with over 1000 exhibitors during the three-day fair, according to the statement.

“Workshops, training programs and farm tours will also be organized during this period.. It’s our flagship program and has set the benchmark for other programs to be rolled out every year by the Secretariat”, Alberta explained  

The NATIONAL FARMERS UNION 2016 WOMEN’S CONFERENCE, signs off the 2016 event year of the FAGRO Secretariat.  The conference will build on NFU’s experience in offering adult education classes specifically designed for women in agriculture, and provide them with important leadership and management skills, as well as networking opportunities.

“We need all stakeholders to demonstrate faith in us and partner with us to make our line-up of events successful and impactful. The Agric-oriented institutions should be benevolent to us in buying into our events so that we are not logistically handicapped in any of our events this year because we want to make them a reference point based on their impact and peerless relevance”, Alberta concluded.

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