In other to deepen Ghana and Hungary’s business relationship, especially in the Agric sector, the Ambassador of Hungary to Ghana, Mr András Szabó has revealed it intentions to construct a food processing units to support the government’s ‘One District, One Factory’ (1D1F) program.
According to him, innovation know-how and research is essential to the development of Agricultural sector in Ghana, and the future of this sector is dependent on these new innovations, technologies and through research, give insight to the future extra production rather than the small scale farming.
Ambassador András Szabó disclosed this when addressing participants at the first Ghanaian – Hungarian Agriculture Forum held on November 1, 2017, in Accra.
Mr András Szabo said a team from the Hungarian National Agriculture Research & Innovation Center are in Ghana to do fact finding and explore the Agriculture sector for a further collaboration with Ghana’s research centres and universities.
This team is also said to be introducing their crops and seeds, as well as its application in different modules from Europe to ascertain the best means of improving agricultural production for mutual benefit.
He noted that his country has also held an extensive discussions with some Ghanaian farmers in the poultry and animal breeding industry to strategize on quality meat production.
In his remarks, Mr Victor Oppong Agyei, Chairman of Ghana Poultry Farmers Association, said local farmers are ready for the introduction of modern technological advancement in poultry equipment like processing plants and modern poultry houses to improve and enhance broiler production in the country.
“My recent visit to Hungary has given me a clear indication of the capabilities and importance of Hungarian Agriculture potential and expertise of modern quality innovative technologies applied to the country’s agriculture and with a collaborative effort Ghana can learn, adopt and implement their technological knowledge to advance the aged methodology of farming for a valuable and desirable improvement of our condition”. He opined.
Mr Oppong Agyei, however, appealed to the Hungarian private sector to consider introducing possible investment opportunities to expand and compete with the influx of imported frozen chicken.
The President of National Farmers and Fishers Award Winners Association, Ghana (NFFAG), Mr Davies Korboe in a statement, also implored the Hungarian government to make useful investment in the Ghanaian Agricultural sector by considering value additions or cottage industries and capital injections.
This, he said, will help to address some of the challenges including high post-harvest losses and rural infrastructure being faced by some farmers to the mutual benefit of both countries.
He therefore proposed the formation of Ghana – Hungary Agricultural Chamber to share various ideas and collaborations on farming and value chain.
Story: Richmond Adu Dwamena