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Hungarian Embassy Ready to Collaborate With Ghanaian Research Institutions – Ambassador

The Hungarian Ambassador to Ghana, Mr. Andras Szabo has expressed the readiness of the Hungarian government to collaborate with Ghana’s agricultural sector, specifically the Research Institutions and Universities to introduce new models of farming to the Ghanaian farmers as is done in Europe.

He expressed the willingness when the Hungarian Embassy of Ghana in collaboration with stakeholders in the agricultural sector of Ghana held the first agricultural forum at the Hungarian Embassy in Accra. The purpose of the forum was aimed at strengthening ties on how the Hungarian Government can collaborate with the Ghanaian Agricultural sector for an improvement in the area.

Cross-section of participants at the forum

According to the ambassador, “innovation know-how and research is very necessary in the agric sector and most African countries have more than one can see which Ghana in not an exception.”

He cited that most Ghanaian farmers are into small scale farming which needs some innovation because the future of the Agricultural sector depends on innovation and research.

Mr. Andras Szabo noted that his government realized that the Ghanaian agricultural sector is an important industry to venture into soon after the construction of the new Hungary Embassy in the country.

Cross-section of participants

He observed that the sector is an important industry to venture into, adding that Hungary, though a small country, focuses more on agriculture for its development.

The ambassador was of the conviction that the collaboration will be based on how to do more value addition, trial farms and also introduce new varieties of crops which can yield more than the previous ones.

Other fields of the Ghanaian agric sector Mr. Szabo identified as worth focusing on includes; the Ghana Poultry Industry, Animal Breeding, Fruit Production and Processing and the current ‘One District, One Factory’ programme.

According to him, the Director General of the Hungary Embassy, Prof. Csaba Gyuricza has started their contacts with the CSIR and the universities and they hope the collaboration kicks off soon.

The forum was graced by high profile agronomists in the country like the chairman and members of the National Farmers and Fishermen Award Winners Association of Ghana (NFFAWAG), Mr. Davies Narh Korboe, President for the Ghana National Association of Poultry Farmers (GNAPF), Mr. Victor Oppong, Researchers, Farmers, and Processors among others.

Source: Joyce Bedeley/ritefmonline.org/jbedeley9357@gmail.com


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