The 7th edition of the Ghana Garden and Flower Show which began in Accra on 28th August, 2019 has ended with a call on Ghanaians to 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 neighborhoods, through the cultivation of flower and food gardens. The Show was also used to deepen awareness about the effects of global warming on Ghana’s environment and how floriculture and horticulture could be harnessed to address the situation.
Over 140 exhibitors participated in the Show. Products exhibited included; flowers, ornamental plants, garden tools and ornaments, cosmetics and skin care products, and agro chemicals. The rest were; soils, garden furniture, garden inspired fashion, as well as amazing creative pieces from Constance Swaniker’s Accents & Arts.
A unique feature of this year’s Show was the Green Innovation Competition organized in collaboration with the Embassy of the state of Israel in Ghana. The objective is to encourage Green Innovation among Ghanaians and promote startups.
After a rigorous selection process, it was an organization represented by Mr. Prince Pius Nutsugah (Coologi) that won. He invented an eco-friendly low energy chamber that prolongs the shelf life of fruits and vegetables to 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.
The Israeli Ambassador to Ghana, Her Excellency Shani Cooper-Zubida, said: “The State of Israel is a nation of innovation and helps to stimulate innovation wherever it finds itself, thus the embassy is delighted to have introduced the Green Innovation Competition to promote innovation, encourage startups, while also helping to develop Ghana’s floriculture industry. She congratulated the winners and urged them to continue innovating to develop the floriculture industry in Ghana.
Other individuals and organisations were recognised for their efforts in helping create a cleaner, greener, wealthier, Healthier, more beautiful Ghana. They are; Best Private Garden – Theodora Lamptey, Logos Rema Church, Ridge Church, Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Asylum Down branch for initiating a special “Flower Service” and TV3 Sanitation Campaign. The rest are; GJA – Environmental Sanitation Project, Accra Metropolitan Assembly – Accra Greening and Beautification Project, Jamestown Ngleshie Noyaa Kpee (JTNNK) and Kempinski Hotel.
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 200 participants. They benefitted from the participation of 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 can be gained from floriculture, as has happened in The Netherlands.
Mr. Jan Van Den Berg visited flower and vegetable plantations in Ghana, met with and interacted with experts in the industry and shared with them ideas for growing the industry in Ghana. Mr. Berg’s main message during the period was the urgent need for collaboration for the growth of Ghana’s floriculture industry.
The Chief Executive Officer of Stratcomm Africa, organisers of the Ghana Garden and Flower Show, 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 individually contribute to a cleaner, greener, wealthier, healthier, more beautiful Ghana by being the change we want to see in our homes, neighborhoods and across the country.”
Story: Business DESK