The Italian Trade Agency is urging entrepreneurs who intend to secure credit facilities to start or expand their businesses within the agricultural space to build capacity first.
According to the Agency the move will ensure the enhancement of agricultural productivity to increase output and incomes and transform the entire sector.
Lauding government’s efforts at creating an enabling environment for agribusinesses at an event in Accra,Trade Commissioner Alessandro Gerbino, also called for more training and dialogue between both private and public sectors.
“Well planting for food and jobs shows very clearly that the priority for Ghana’s public policy is to create more value in Ghana. And to do that you need to upgrade the capacity in terms of technology and of scales. We are coming in with training and with technology. There are several training activities Italy is currently putting in place. At the Italian training agency, we have put in place training very recently, other training activities are currently going on and on top of that we are coming with this activity to show more and to give more information and to approach with our technology. So this is a platform from where companies can meet and discuss and also understanding how they can work together,’ he said.
He highlighted the need for the Agribusiness Digital Lab project to bring together Italian and Ghanaian companies in the agribusiness sector.
“the digital lab is the opportunity to connect for Italian and Ghanaian companies that work in the agric business value chain. The Italian company are companies that work in the technology alone cross the value chain of agri-business. We go from machinery for agriculture, for processing, for packing every aspect is taken into account. And the companies are here digitally but they will answer all the requests,” he said.
He further noted that, “My expectation is to have an increasing number of connections among Italian and Ghanaian companies. With this activity we are answering the request that come form Ghanaian companies to know more about Italian technology and have these companies that are here and already preselected to approach the Ghanaian market.”