By: Fred Yaw Sarpong
Israel-Ghana Agricultural Business Opportunities Seminar will take place in Accra on Monday 3rd of March, 2014.
The seminar aimed at exploring trade and investment opportunities in the agricultural sector in Ghana and potential future collaborations between Ghana and Israel.
The seminar is part of activities marking the official visit of the Israeli Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Hon. Yair Shamir, together with an agro-business delegation.
The seminar is being organized by the Israeli Embassy together with the Israeli Export and International Cooperation Institute, 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.
It is also expected to provide a unique platform for business networking and business to business (B2B) and business to government (B2G) meetings.
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; Palgey Maim which specializes in aquaculture and designing of fish systems technology, waste water treatment; Green 2000 which engages in planning, setting-up, consultation and sale to various projects in different spheres such as Greenhouses, Irrigation, Open-field crops, processing crops, poultry and others.
Other companies include MLP Limited whose primary expertise is in planning and irrigation systems Naan Dan Jain Irrigation which is the leading global producer and provider of tailor-made irrigation solutions, Agro Top which specializes in poultry farms and piggeries; as well as Makhteshim Agan, a world leader in branded off-patent crop protection solutions and development and marketing of agricultural products; and Smart Agriculture (WIT) which promotes the use of ICT in agriculture and develop initiatives in sustainable agriculture that helps developing markets create sustainable food system.
Also includes Dizengoff, a market leader in Ghana in agricultural and public health products; Israeli Dairy Board, the central institution which deals with the planning and regulation of the milk production and processing; and Ebonyan entrepreneur that works with leading Israeli and International enterprises to market, export and deliver their business information, solutions, products, and services to countries in Africa, Europe, South America and Asia.
Meanwhile, the Israeli Ambassador to Ghana, H.E. Sharon Bar-li stated that ‘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 noted 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. Only 20% of the land area is naturally arable but today Israel’s agriculture represents close to three percent of its total gross.