The organizers of the 7th edition of the AgriTech Expo Zambia, the Zambian National Farmers Union (ZNFU) and the Zambian subsidiary of the German Agriculture Society (DLG Agriculture Limited) were required to postpone the trade fair at the request of the Ministry of Health, Republic of Zambia due to the Corona virus outbreak.
AgriTech Expo Zambia has now been scheduled for the 15-17 April 2021, which was originally scheduled to take place from 2-4 April 2020.
Mr. Bernd Koch, Managing Director of DLG Agriculture Ltd. said: “With careful consideration and in consultation with our partners, exhibitors and sponsors we have decided to reschedule the event for April 2021.
During these unprecedented times it is critical to prioritize first and foremost the health and wellbeing of all our stakeholders. Secondly choosing April 2021 was based on the voice of our customers as well as our experience as trade fair organizers to deliver the best possible event experience and create an effective and efficient business networking platform.” – he added.
The organizers believe that the longer run up to the trade fair in 2021 will not only give them time assess the impacts on the Corona virus pandemic on the industry but also carry out the essential operational tasks such as field preparation which is critical component for the successful delivery of the event.
With uncertainty still surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on the measures put in place by countries all over the world to reduce the spread of the virus such as travel bans, closing of international borders, social distancing and the ban on large gatherings, the organizers believe that the new dates of the show in April 2021 will give them to ability to offer attendees a superior event experience.
President of the Zambian National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU) Mr. Jervis Zimba said: “Growing Knowledge for Future Farmers, the motto of AgriTech Expo is apt as we realize that the future of Zambia’s agriculture, and indeed that of the region and beyond lies in the hands of the youth.
We have deliberately brought the AgriTech Expo to the farmers’ doorsteps so that apart from learning through sharing of experiences, they practically experience the latest innovation and technology and best practices first hand.
I welcome you all to be part of the 2021 AgriTech Expo as we all strive to bring real growth to agriculture. The growth and success of our agriculture, our future, is in our hands!” – he added.
In the lead up to AgriTech Expo Zambia in April 2021 the organizers continue their commitment to contribute to the society through their outreach program. The venue of the AgriTech Expo, the GART Research Center is home also to the Golden Valley Primary School in Chisamba. This year, energy zone exhibitor at AgriTech, EcoGas Zambia will donate a Biogas unit that they were scheduled to exhibit at the event, to the school. The unit will enable the school to cook meals for their 700 students using renewable energy sources. This will not only provide the pupils with a warm meal but also introduce to them to a new technology that can save their natural environment and reduce deforestation.
Chris Lewis, Director at EcoGas Zambia said “We are proud to announce the donation of a brand-new bio-gas unit, to be installed at the Golden Valley Primary School that hosts AgriTech Expo Zambia. This new and innovative design will allow the teachers to provide much needed hot meals for the children attending the school. To run an engine, you need to add fuel first and we trust that this new edition to the school will be the brain fuel required to power this next generation of farmers to new heights.”