An agribusiness conference has been held in Wa the Upper West Regional capital with the aim of empowering people in the agric sector to take advantage of existing opportunities in the Ghanaian economy.
The agribusiness fair was under the theme “Exploring agribusiness opportunities for investment in the Upper West Region: Infrastructure, agribusiness, agri-finance, marketing and youth in agriculture.
The Deputy Upper West Regional minister Mr Isahaku Hamidu Chinia called on those working in the agricultural sector to take advantage of the close proximity of the region since it has direct links with neighbouring countries like Burkina Faso, La Cote D’Ivoire and Mali which has large markets to agricultural business and huge potential for investors in the agric sector.
This Mr Chinia called for the establishment of offices in the region in an attempt to further take advantage of existing large markets saying that “the Upper West Region has a competitive advantage in agriculture since about seventy percent of the people are estimated to be engaged in agricultural activities”.
He said the country’s national development framework under the Coordinated Programme of Economic and Social Development (CPESDP) which spans from 2017 to 2024 places an emphasis on industrialisation and private sector development especially through agro industry with the hope of creating opportunities to expand the economy.
The agribusiness fair and conference was attended by various stakeholders drawn from the region.
The agribusiness fair also touched on issues relating to climate change with a community participation approach with various sectors of the environment with well-designed rolled out environmental programs to sustain it.
The two-day conference was sponsored by the European Union and German Cooperation.