The programme dubbed “Ghanafest” and slated for May 1 and 2, will showcase hundreds of local Ghanaian dishes prepared by the country’s indigenous caterers.
The Deputy Minister of Tourism and Creative Arts, Ms. Dzifa Gomashie, who launched the programme, urged Ghanaians to patronise locally produced food items in order to keep the local farmer in business.
She stated that, tilling the soil, and nurturing the crops to grow, after which they are harvested and marketed are not easy jobs to toy with, so it behoved every Ghanaian to support the local farmer to produce more to feed the ever growing population.
Ms. Gomashie commended the Ghana Tourism Development Company (GTDC) for initiating the programme and assured of the Ministry’s support for its success saying. “We will do everything possible to make the programme succeed and held every year”.
She noted that the attempt to promote the country’s tourism sector would not materialise if the crusade was not started and accepted from within and urged the private sector to continue playing a centre role in promoting made in Ghana products as well as serving local cuisines in hotels.
She appealed to the Accra Metropolitan Assembly and other players in the industry to maintain all safety standards to ensure that what they serve the public with, was clean and hygienic.
Ms. Gomashie urged individuals and other stakeholders to come out with proposals to promote the tourism sector in areas such as facilities, transport, human resource development and the gastronomy fields.
The President of the Ghana Tourism Federation (GHATOF), David Nana Anim, who chaired the function, called for more collaboration among stakeholders to ensure the success of the programme.
According to him, the value of the country’s agriculture products could increase if they were properly packaged at all levels to meet the taste and desire of potential clients.
Nana Anim urged farmers and those engaged in the sector to move with the times and be technologically inclined.
The Chief Executive Officer of the GTDC, Samuel Atta Mills, said the idea mooted last year could materialise if everyone got on board to make it succeed.
By Lawrence Vomafa-Akpalu