Brisk business at 108th Agric show

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LIVINGSTONE MARUFU

HARARE – The 108th edition of Harare Agricultural Show ended on a high Saturday, recording the highest number of exhibitors in its history.

The show comes at a time when Zimbabwe Agricultural Society (ZAS) and other stakeholders are making the show more interactive to help and educate farmers with latest farming methods which could improve productivity on their farms.

This year’s exhibition uptake increased by 7,5 percent to 85 730 square meters from 79 130 sqm last year.

The total number of exhibitors both local and international was 575 from 503 in 2017.

ZAS spokesperson Roberta Katunga said:”This has been our biggest show to date and we are humbled by the support which we received from both exhibitors and show-goers.

“All the business conferences had record attendances and the introduction of the Farmers Festival added to excitement of the brands on offer.”

ZAS said its focus was on local companies although there was an increase in foreigners who showcased their products.

Meanwhile, starting from next year provinces will make provincial agricultural show an annual event with a vision of improving farmers from grassroots levels.

This will prepare a farmer better for the national level through thorough training at lower levels.