Encouraging response to Zambia farming expo
LUSAKA, (CAJ News) – STAKEHOLDERS in the Zambian farming sector will gather in Chisamba in April to focus on successes and challenges facing the industry.
Thousands of officials drawn from government and the private sector will meet under the auspices of the Agritech Expo, Zambia’s leading outdoor agriculture exhibition, on April 14-16.
“This year we look forward to welcoming some 15 000+ farming professionals, from emerging, to small holder to commercial farmers, and agri experts, in Chisamba in April,” said Liam Beckett, Event Director of the Agritech Expo.
There will be 130 exhibitors, including some of the leading international suppliers to the agriculture industry, 20 live crop trials and 11 machinery demonstration fields.
Beckett said it was important for the farming community to get together to discuss the current challenges and share success stories in the sector.
“It is a unique opportunity for them to share best practice, get training, test and try out new products and technologies and brainstorm about current challenges such as productivity and competitiveness as well as the effects of current adverse weather conditions.”
Becket said Agritech Expo has been embraced by the Zambian farming community with the 2016 edition set to continue to innovate and offer partners and visitors more technology, demonstrations, free workshops and specialised zones to learn and opportunities to do business.
Taking place at the GART Research Centre in the heart of Zambia’s agriculture community, Agritech Expo enjoys support from government and the sector.
Already Zambia National Commercial Bank has confirmed that it is returning as the exclusive diamond sponsor of the event.
Other big names in the farming sector that will be at Agritech Expo are AFGRI, the platinum sponsors, and Action Auto, JCB, John Deere, SARO as well as Zamseed, who are all gold sponsors.
Last year’s Agritech Expo, which is owned by the Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU), drew more than 11 700 visitors, including the country’s President Edgar Lungu, the Vice President, Inonge Wina, the Zambian and German Agri Ministers and many other dignitaries and agri experts.
Agritech Expo is organised by Spintelligent, leading Cape Town-based trade exhibition and conference organiser, and the African office of Clarion Events Ltd, based in the United Kingdom.
– CAJ News
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