Israel-Ghana Innovative Agribusiness Seminar Slated For March 3

agri pixAn Israel-Ghana Agricultural Business Opportunities Seminar, aimed at exploring trade and investment opportunities in the agricultural sector in Ghana and potential future collaborations between Ghana and Israel, will take place in Accra on March 3, 2014.

The seminar is part of activities marking the official visit of the Israeli Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Yair Shamir, together with an agro-business delegation.

The seminar being organised by the Israeli Embassy together with the Israeli Export and International Cooperation Institute, is in collaboration with the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC), and will introduce representatives of leading Israeli agricultural companies and their Ghanaian counterparts in both the public and private sectors.

A statement issued by the Israeli Embassy in Accra yesterday said the seminar is also expected to provide a unique platform for business networking.

Among the Israeli companies to be represented at the seminar include agricultural projects companies such as LR Group which manages, develops, produce and maintain large scale agricultural projects worldwide; TAHAL Group, Israel’s largest engineering firm and a key player in agricultural development, water and sanitation; and Palgey Maim which specialises in aquaculture and designing of fish systems technology, and waste water treatment.

Israeli Ambassador to Ghana, Sharon Bar-li said, “Israeli agricultural firms can contribute immensely to the ‘agricultural revolution’ of Ghana, under which the agricultural sector can transform from a sustainable agriculture into a profitable business sector, to serve not only Ghana, but the entire West-African neighborhood”.

The Ambassador pointed out that the image that portrays agriculture as a sector of the least achievers has to change, and Israeli agricultural companies are the best proof of agriculture being the epitome of technological developments and extensive research.

Israel is a major exporter of fresh produce and a world-leader in agricultural technologies despite the fact that the geography of Israel is not naturally conducive to agriculture.

Interestingly, only 20 per cent of the land area is naturally arable but today Israel’s agriculture represents close to three per cent of its total gross.

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