The seventh edition of the Ghana Garden and Flower Show has been launched in Accra to take place from August 28 to September 3 at the Afua Sutherland Children’s Park.
Launched by the Israeli Ambassador to Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone, Shani Cooper-Zubida, this year’s show is on the theme “Be the Change”.
A number of exciting activities such as a karaoke/music night, taste of the park, fashion in the park, children’s playground, and party in the park have been lined up for the annual show, which had about 19,000 visitors last year.
A Green Innovation Competition has also been introduced by the Israel Embassy in Ghana as part of the show. Winner of the competition will have an all-expense paid trip to Israel to participate in a course in agriculture.
The competition seeks to project green innovativeness as well as encourage young people to participate meaningfully in agriculture for job creation and income generation.
Madam Cooper-Zubida, congratulated Stratcomm Africa for attaining 25 years and using its expertise in communication to organise the Ghana Garden and Flower Show to promote the floriculture and horticulture industry.
“The floriculture and horticultural industry in Ghana has tremendous potential of impacting the economy positively through job creation, foreign exchange as well as attracting potential investors to the country,” she observed.
She said Israel prides itself as a nation of innovation that helps to stimulate innovation wherever it finds itself.
Madam Cooper-Zubida also said Israel is well acknowledged for its advancements in the area of agriculture including floriculture, thus the Embassy of Israel in Ghana is committed to contributing to efforts to increase awareness and knowledge that will lead to a clean, green, wealthy and beautiful Ghana.
She indicated that the introduction of the award scheme will help stimulate participation in Ghana’s floriculture industry particularly by the youth.
“This award scheme will therefore be used to encourage Ghanaians to come up with innovations that contribute to the growth of this industry in Ghana,” she stated.
Chief Executive of Stratcomm Africa, Ms Esther A. N Cobbah, said that Ghanaians desire to live in a beautiful Ghana with gardens and flowers, hence “There is often the expectation that the central government or the local administration should be responsible for ensuring a green and beautiful Ghana but the reality is that, achieving this is a collective responsibility of all of us”. .
She said “Be the Change” campaign therefore is aimed at inculcating the awareness of green behaviour on the environment and heightening knowledge and awareness about what Ghanaians can contribute individually and collectively to help make the environment clean, greener and more beautiful.