Conference on animal agriculture opens in Accra

A three-day conference dubbed All Africa Conference on Animal Agriculture was on Monday opened at the Accra International Conference Centre.

The conference brought together animal scientists and other stakeholders across Africa, and is under the Theme:  Innovations to Harness the Potential of African Animal Agriculture in a Globalising World.

It aims to provide an opportunity for scientists and the broader stakeholders in the animal agriculture sector to discuss the potential role of innovation in animal agriculture to improve the livelihoods of Africans.

The Livestock, Poultry and Fisheries Tradeshow (LiPF) will run alongside the 7th edition of The quadrennial continental event which is being held in  Ghana for the first time was held previously in Kenya, South Africa,  Egypt, Tanzania and  Ethiopia.

It has so far recorded 500 participants and 50 exhibitors.

The exhibitors displayed a wide range of livestock products include agricultural machinery and climate adaptation technology.

 Some of the major exhibitors  are Ghana Poultry Project, Flour Mills Ghana USDA-AMPLIFIES, Women in Poultry Value Chain, Tilly’s Farms, Frankaston, Okete Farms, Jokas Farms, Top Man Farms and  Kosher Feed mills

These experts will train participants are expected to be taken through  Basic milling maintenance, Value Addition to Egg Product as a Business, Mycotoxin and Feed Ingredient Testing Effect on Animal Nutrition, Postharvest Loss Mitigation Techniques, and Sales Marketing Strategy, among others.

The three-day conference is an initiative of a local none governmental organization,  Agrihouse Foundation and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture.

Speaking during the opening ceremony the CEO of Agrihouse Foundation Alberta Akosa said with the level of efforts made, her organization and Ministry of Food and Agriculture the sector will attract the needed private sector involvement and access to growth, financing and training.

She said having animal farmers trained on a regular basis on quality feed, vaccination and healthy techniques will equip them to produce animals of high quality, on safe and healthy environment, can increase the success rate of their business.

“Since our objective is to drive and foster growth in the livestock production sub-sector, we anticipate this growth and, consequently have plans and strategy to offer solution pathways through some of the intricate challenges that are likely to emerge,” said Alberta Akoasa.

Madam Akosa says she looks forward to a sustainable partnership with government to provide practical and workable solutions that will ensure significant growth of the livestock industry.