Accra, Dec 7, 2017 GNA – The Agrofood West Africa’s Fourth International Trade Show, aimed at strengthening France-Ghana relations in the field of agriculture, has opened in Accra.
A statement issued by the French Embassy in Accra, and copied to the Ghana News Agency, said Agrofood West Africa welcomed for the third time a Pavilion of France gathering French companies, from manufacturers and suppliers of equipment to technology and inputs sellers for agriculture, livestock and agrofood production.
It said the pavilion was operated by ADEPTA, a network of 240 French companies, manufacturing and supplying equipment, technologies and inputs for agriculture, livestock and agrofood production.
The statement said seven French companies were exhibiting on the show this year, while two more were on a visit, all in search of new opportunities in Ghana.
Mr François Pujolas, French Ambassador to Ghana, said: « Adepta is an historical partner of Agrofood West Africa since it organized the first official foreign pavilion in 2013 ».
The Ambassador noted that these companies offer a showcase of the French technology and know-how in many sectors of the agrofood business, such as aquaculture, agriculture, process and packaging, breeding and animal reproduction technologies.
He said with a turnover of €172 billion and an export of €44 billion, France was the nation that had one of the most dynamic agrofood industries in the world.
« France and Ghana have developed fruitful partnerships in the agriculture sector, » said the Ambassador.
The statement noted that on the one hand, France had been committed to supporting the development of an agric economy based on family farming, farmer organizations and regulation.
It said through its development agency, AFD, France had proposed its expertise to assist farmers’ communities in increasing food production in Western and Central Region as well as rice production in Northern, Upper East, Upper West Regions and Volta Region.
It said AFD also takes part in the financing of public investments in infrastructure, especially irrigation in high agricultural potential areas.
« As an example, it is funding through VRA the Pwalugu multipurpose dam feasibility study, » it said.
The Ambassador pointed out that: « French companies have placed their confidence in the Ghanaian agricultural through long-term investments in its natural resources and its human capacities ».
The statement said Golden Exotics produced and sold high quality bananas and pineapple, and had launched the production of high-value organic bananas.
It said Touton transformed cocoa before exporting it and Grel was involved in Hevea production.
It noted that these firms were also working with their local communities in order to make their economic activity advantageous for all.
It said sustainable development, electrification, social housing and education formed part of the benefits generated by their corporate and social responsibility policy.
The statement said a large part of these investments had spurred trade between France and Ghana.
It recounted that in 2016, Ghanaian agrofood exports to France was the second exporting sector representing 32 per cent of Ghanaian trade to France.
It said according to the French customs, these exports have skyrocketed by 152 per cent in June 2017, on a year-on-year basis.
It said the steady cooperation between France and Ghana had been key to promote a business friendly environment and favour these exchanges and investments.
It noted that moving forward together would strengthen the ties between the two economies.