Accra, Dec. 1, GNA – The Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) is to provide solutions through emerging technologies and research to develop the floriculture industry.
It will also train the members of the Ghana Flower Growers Association (GFGA) at the School of Allied & Nuclear Sciences (SNAS) of the University of Ghana, Professor Kenneth Ellis Danso, the Director-General of GAEC, has said.
The initiative, he said, is aimed at providing training in floriculture and share information on how to succeed in the international flower industry, with a focus on the flower industry value chain.
Prof Danso, who was addressing a workshop for the floriculture industry, said the application of technologies would help improve on the productivity of members of the Association.
He said the relationship between GAEC and GFGA needed to be sustained as we seek to establish an International Flower Centre Project in the country and improve the human resource capacity of the members of the Association.
Professor Danso said the Association and Commission would take advantage of the visit of Mr Chris Hoogendoorn, the Dutch International Flower Expert, to seek his advice on the development of the GAEC International Flower Center Project.
The 15-acre project site, provided by GAEC, towards the development of the Centre would have a training and exhibition centre, public recreational park, flower museum and a botanical and therapeutic garden among others.
Mr Hoogendoorn, who took the members of the Association through modern floriculture methods, expressed delight at the opportunity given to share knowledge on the international floriculture industry and to be contributing to the flower development initiative in the country.
Mr Ebenezer Abuaku, President of GFGA, said the Association remained committed to working with its members to grow the nation’s floriculture industry.
“We believe that the opportunities in floriculture are enormous. We are encouraged by the support of our partners, and would like to use this opportunity to thank them; we pledge our commitment to growing this industry to benefit Ghanaians and the world at large”, he said.
Ms Esther A. N. Cobbah, Chief Executive Officer of Stratcomm Africa, said “the economies of many countries are benefitting from floriculture and Stratcomm Africa is happy that the seeds of our efforts over the past four years are gradually taking root and this partnership with the Association is one of the fruits that we will all enjoy.
“Next year, the Ghana Garden and Flower Movement will be five years, and we are delighted that this partnership has been birthed at this time. It is also testament to the power of communication as a tool for sustainable development. Together, we can make Ghana greener, wealthier, healthier and more beautiful,” she said.
Ms Cobbah said Stratcomm Africa is proudly collaborating with its partners to promote and deepen a gardening and flower culture in Ghana and that Stratcomm Africa believes in using communications to stimulate socio-economic development.
“By organizing the Ghana Garden and Flower Show and promoting a garden and flower movement in the country, Stratcomm Africa is using its expertise to generate awareness among Ghanaians on available natural resources for livelihood enhancements and national development.”
Ms Cobbah said Stratcomm Africa is also using the Ghana Garden and Flower Movement and the Show, as tools to reinforce Ghana’s position as a compelling investment and tourist destination through the promotion of beautiful gardens and flowers.
The Ghana Flower Growers Association was formed in 2006 to develop the floriculture sector of the economy and to offer advocacy for the growth of the industry. It has members in different regions of the country.