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Ecobank links support for Pre-Harvest event to belief in agric sector

pEcobank Ghana says its consistent support for the Annual Pre-Harvest Conference and Exhibition shows its belief in the potential of Ghana’s agricultural sector to transform the economy.

The Pan-African bank’s Head of Small and Medium Enterprises, Mr Kingsley Adofo-Addo, made this assertion at a recently held pre-event media briefing for the ninth Annual Pre-Harvest Conference and Exhibition to be held in Tamale.

The event is slated for the Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium, from September 25 to 27, 2019.

“Ecobank’s continuous sponsorship of the (Pre-Harvest) event gives credence to our belief in the potential of the agricultural sector in transforming the economy of Ghana through job creation, food and cash crop production for consumption and export, growing foreign reserve and poverty reduction,” Mr Adofo-Addo told journalists.

 Ecobank’s commitment to sponsoring the event, he added, affirmed its commitment to “making meaningful contributions towards the achievement of SDGs 1 and 2, respectively aimed at No Poverty and Zero Hunger”.

Right from its inception nine years ago, the pan-African universal bank has dedicatedly sponsored the annual agricultural event that is now being regarded as Ghana’s leading agricultural event that has become national and consistent.

Elaborating further, Mr Adofo-Addo said: “The bank has a dedicated desk specialised in the provision of agricultural financing across its entire value chain, from production to processing and marketing. We do this by leveraging our unique technological platforms and digital solutions, thereby enabling customers to do banking wherever, whenever.”

“We believe this event will promote dialogue and forge business partnerships amongst value chain actors and players, especially farmers, buyers, processors, transporters, input dealers, financial institutions and telecom companies,” he said.

Mr Adofo-Addo spoke of the opportunity the event offered them to educate the participants on the need to digitise their operations, to improve transaction turnaround times, record keeping, and access to finance for their businesses.

The ninth Annual Pre-Harvest Conference and Exhibition  being organised by Agri-house Foundation, in partnership with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Northern Development Authority and the Northern Regional Coordinating Council, together with other private and international organisations, seeks to assist farmers and agribusinesses to expand their businesses before and after harvesting, and to create an enabling environment for new partnerships to promote the growth of Ghana’s agricultural sector.

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