Lungu to open Zambia agro expoFrom ARNOLD MULENGA in Lusaka, Zambia
LUSAKA, (CAJ News) – ZAMBIA President, Edgar Lungu, will later this week officiate at the Agritech Expo, the country’s prime agricultural event that has drawn the participation of 0ver 15 000 farmers and experts.
The third edition of the expo is scheduled for Thursday-Saturday Chisamba, the farming hub of the Southern African country.
About 150 local and international farming technology and service providers will showcase their products in what is said to be the largest agri-event of its kind in the region. The expo includes a German, Zimbabwean and livestock pavilion.
Zambia National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU) is organising the event, which government has endorsed.
“We must commend the Zambia National Farmers’ Union for coming up with events like the Agritech Expo where farmers can meet, share experiences and information, as well as learn good agronomy tactics that can help them improve productivity,” said Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Given Lubinda.
Dr Evelyn Nguleka, ZNFU President, said news features at the event this year include an “Energy Park” designed to offer innovation and cleaner energy solutions to help farmers address electricity outage blues and the ever increasing costs of energy.
“Our extended Livestock Zone is another must-see area, for you definitely need the right stock genetics and technologies to survive climate change-induced vagaries of weather,” said Nguleka.
Zambia National Commercial Bank returns as exclusive diamond sponsor, heading up a list of local and global agri suppliers that will be at Agritech Expo Zambia.
Among these are AFGRI, John Deere and JCB, who are platinum sponsors, and Action Auto, Livestock Services, SARO and Zamseed, who are all gold sponsors.
“This is one networking opportunity that brings together farmers throughout the agricultural value chain and exchange ideas on how best to improve yields. It’s also an opportunity for farmers/vendors/bankers to start sustainable business relationships,” said Managing Director of Zanaco, Bruce Dick.
The expo comes in the wake of plans by Zambia to diversify its economy from an over-reliance on mining, particularly copper.
– CAJ News
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