Your Excellency the Vice President, Alhaji Dr.Mohamudu Bawumia,
Distinguished Invited Guests,
Our Friends from the Media,
Ladies and Gentlemen;
I am happy to be here today, as the host of his year’s National Food and Agric show-2017.in the next three months, I will have the pleasure of welcoming you all to the Tamale Jubilee Park-venue of this year’s National Food and Agric Show. We are in the Northern Region, just can’t wait.
Ladies and Gentlemen, when I approached officials of the FAGRO Secretariat with a proposal to host this year’s edition in Tamale, I was influenced by His Excellency the President’s resolve to give impetus and fresh life to the agricultural sector with the successful launch and commencement of the planting for food and jobs initiative, which is set to open up the sector and create job opportunities for many.
I am here to inform all Ghanaians that the northern regional capital, Tamale and the Jubilee Park in particular is in expectation of the throng that will make it to this event
We, in the northern region are hopeful that the upper east and west regions as well as the Brong Ahafo region will produce a greater percentage of the participants as the venue is much closer to them.
Ladies and gentlemen, from the 26th to 30th of September when the event will hold, the northern region will be the centre for attraction as everything agriculture, from seeds to yields, machinery, technology and information on prevailing best practices will be on display at the tamale jubilee park.
The platform provided by FAGRO for the national food and agric show is not only important; it is also a major networking opportunity for participants and patrons alike. I took part in last year’s edition held at the trade fair centre in Accra and I was personally blessed by the abundance of knowledge sharing that hallmarked the event.
I participated in the business writing seminar held on the sidelines, and I must say their facilitators from IE Singapore and Africa Lead did a good job. The icing on the cake for me was that, after the training, I emerged the first runner-up in the business plan writing contest organized to round off the session. It was a very useful learning curve for me personally.
This is another reason the northern regional coordinating council finds the platform provided b FAGRO and its partner institutions like the ministry of agriculture a fitting one, to show case Ghana’s agricultural story from the northern part of the country with the aim of encouraging the necessary investment and patronage to that side of the country for all round national development.
I wish to ensure officials of FAGRO Secretariat and other partner institutions, the ministry of food and agriculture and all will be participants that tamale will be awaiting anxiously to roll out the best of northern hospitality to make the event a historic one. We shall meet in tamale.
We are grateful to FAGRO team, Yara Ghana, Africa Lead, DDp, John Deere, Thee kingdom of Netherland and the Ministry of food and Agriculture and of course the media for the keen interest and support you have shown towards this event.
Thank you very much and may God bless us.