Zambian farming community embraces Agritech Expo Zambia as fourth edition is another success

Agritech Expo Zambia1Agritech Expo Zambia. (Image source: spintelligent)“Agritech Expo Zambia lived up to its hype and scored another resounding success, thanks to the event organisers, Spintelligent, our cooperating partners, sponsors and, above all, government for the massive support”

This is according to Jervis Zimba, President of the Zambia National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU), the owners of the award-winning, professional outdoor farming expo Agritech Expo Zambia which returned to Chisamba for its fourth edition last month. The event featured a record number of more than 18000 visitors, seven international pavilions and a VIP attendance that included five cabinet ministers and the Zambian President Edgar Lungu who visited the event for the third year in a row. 

The well-known farming equipment  supplier AFGRI, the sole John Deere distributor in Zambia, was this year’s platinum sponsor and headed up an impressive list of leading suppliers of agri services and products with more than 240 local and international companies that sponsored and exhibited at Agritech Expo.  The seven international pavilions showcased specialised offerings from France, the Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, UK, Zimbabwe and China.

The event also offered free to attend workshops with practical advice as well as live demonstrations to help farmers combat challenges such as the armyworm, explore new technologies such as aquaculture as well as learn from experts on improving efficiency of operations and yields on their farms.

“Agritech Expo helps us tap into valuable opportunities for us to advance agriculture in our country.  I am very grateful for those who came over the boarders of our country to participate... I am here because I believe in agriculture.” - H.E President of the Republic of Zambia, Edgar Chagwa Lungu

“Having a French pavilion at Agritech for the first time was a great endeavour and success. I am convinced that the French pavilion in 2018 will be even better!“ - Emmanuel COHET, Ambassador of France to Zambia, Special Representative to COMESA

“My experience at this year’s Agritech workshop has really enlightened me and availed me with information on available alternative agri techniques and products including practices to enhance productivity.“ - Mr Charles Mulenga, emerging small scale farmer

Earlier this year, Agritech Expo Zambia won two coveted awards at the AAXO ROAR Organiser and Exhibitor Awards in Johannesburg which honour excellence in the exhibition and events industry on the continent. Agritech Expo won for Best Trade & Consumer Exhibition +12000 sqm and for Distinction in Social Responsibility.

The expo has an outreach programme at the local Golden Valley Basic School, where, with the assistance of numerous event sponsors, it is assisting the school with much needed infrastructure upgrades, equipment supplies and management of the school’s farm.

The event will return to GART in Chisamba in April 2018.

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