Ghanaians Encouraged To Go Green

The 7th edition of the Ghana Garden
and Flower Show has ended with a call on Ghanaians to go green and be the
change they want to see in their respective homes, within their neighbourhoods,
communities and the country as a whole.

Themed “Be the Change”, the show
focused on individual responsibility for developing and maintaining green and
clean neighbourhoods, through the cultivation of flower and food gardens.

This year’s show, held in the
year in which Stratcomm Africa is celebrating its 25th anniversary, attracted
over 140 exhibitors and more than 20,000 visitors. Products exhibited included;
flowers, ornamental plants, garden tools and ornaments, cosmetics and skin care
products, and agro chemicals among others.

One of the unique features of
this year’s show was the Green Innovation Competition organized in collaboration
with the Embassy of the State of Israel in Ghana, with the objective of
encouraging green innovation among Ghanaians whilst also promoting startups.

After a rigorous selection
process, Coologi, an organization represented by Mr. Prince Pius Nutsugah won
the first prize. Pius and his Coologi colleagues have invented an eco-friendly
low energy chamber that prolongs the shelf life of fruits and vegetables to
help reduce postharvest losses.  For his prize, Mr. Nutsugah gets a fully
sponsored return trip to Israel for capacity building in his area of expertise.
Messrs. Isaac Atayure Seidu and Prince Kwame Agbata emerged first and second
runners up respectively.

Another unique feature this year
was a pre-show conference held on 23rd August, 2019, at AMA Conference Hall.
The conference with the theme; “Be The Change”, attracted over 150
participants. They benefitted from a number of experts including,  Dr
Juliet Tuakli of CHILDAccra, Professor Peter Kwapong of the Department of
Entomology and Wildlife, College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences,
University Of Cape-Coast and Mr. Felix Baidoo of the Ghana Recycling Initiative
by Private Enterprises (GRIPE). The keynote speaker was an expert from the
Netherlands, Mr. Jan Van Den Berg, who shared his knowledge and practical
experience about floriculture. The expert, whose participation was facilitated
by the Netherlands Embassy in Ghana, also highlighted the immense economic
value that could be gained from floriculture, as has happened in the
Netherlands.

The Chief Executive Officer of
Stratcomm Africa, Ms. Esther A. N. Cobbah thanked the sponsors, exhibitors and
patrons for helping the show to grow bigger and better over the years. Ms.
Cobbah stated that, “We can all contribute to the realization of the UN
Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) if we individually and collectively
contribute to a cleaner, greener, wealthier, healthier and more beautiful Ghana
by being the change we want to see in our homes, neighbourhoods and across the
country.”



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