Mr Prince Pius Nutsugah, the winner of the maiden edition of the Israeli Green Innovation Competition, has lauded Israel for its innovations to solve post-harvest losses.

He said the country has developed a robust system to address post-harvest losses of which Ghana could emulate to curb its challenges in post harvest losses.

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The awards was initiated by the Israeli embassy in partnership with Stratcomm Africa during the 7th edition of the Ghana Garden and Flower Show to honour startups with innovative solutions related to the growth of the floriculture and agricultural industry in Ghana.

Mr Nutsugah’s award earned him a fully paid trip to Israel to join in three conferences which covered Food-Tech, Agri-Fest and one focused on Sports Technology to learn of best practices, to network and to seek potential investors to improve and implement his storage unit project which would store farm products at farm gates to prevent post -harvest loses with the Coologi team.

He said about 30 per-cent of Ghana’s fruits and vegetables harvested were lost due to lack of storage facilities at the farm gates.

Mr Nutsugah said his initiative would improve the shelf-life of such farm products and put a smile on the faces of farmers.

He said the people of Israel are far-planners who took pragmatic steps to solve future problems adding that such innovators were supported by their government to implement their ideas.

He expressed his gratitude for the wealth of experience gained from the trip and urged innovators to participate in the Ghana Garden and Flower Show and the Israeli Green Innovation Competition.

Madam Esther A.N Cobbah, Chief Executive Officer of Stratcomm Africa, said the firm would this year celebrate its silver anniversary under the theme: “Communication Excellence for Africa’s priority in the digital age”.

She said over the years apart from the Ghana Garden and Flower Show and Israeli Green Innovation Awards, the communication company has served Ghanaians with events which amongst others stimulates innovation, entrepreneurship, environmental conservation, job creation and the potential to improved livelihoods in Ghana to realise the Sustainable Development Goals.

Madam Shank Cooper, Israel’s Ambassador to Ghana, said she is delighted at the success of the awards and urged the winner and other business startups to put in more efforts and resources to achieve their dream.

She said come 2020 the second edition of the Innovation Awards is expected to receive more young innovators to join in the challenge.

She said many in her country have good memories of Ghana where it is considered as a Garden of Eden due to its vegetation.

She said the Embassy is committed to develop the floriculture and agricultural industry in the country, hence instituting the award scheme.

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