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Preparations for the leading outdoor agriculture machinery trade fair in SSA in full swing

Preparations for the 7th edition of AgriTech Expo 2020, the leading outdoor agriculture machinery trade fair in Sub Saharan Africa, is in full swing.

With excellent growing conditions prevalent for the popular live crop trial zone – organizers are confident for a successful 7th edition of the trade fair.

In addition to having the field measured and plotted for the live crop trial zones, the GART research center in Chisamba, Zambia, host venue of the 7th edition of the AgriTech Expo from 2-4 April 2020, has also received some much-needed rainfall, allowing for excellent conditions for the upcoming seeding process.

The crop trial zones at AgriTech Expo are one of the most popular feature areas of the show and gives seed producers, fertilizer suppliers and agro-chemical companies the opportunity to showcase the benefits of utilizing their products first hand in the field, directly to a captive audience of farming professionals. The preparation and planting phase which has begun this month will continue until the end of January.

Presented by the Zambian National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU), and organized by DLG Agriculture Ltd. the Zambian subsidiary of the German Agricultural Society, AgriTech Expo Zambia is gearing up to once again provide a stellar platform for farmers in Zambia and the region to meet, engage and conduct business with the global agricultural industry.

Mr. Jervis Zimba, President of the Zambia National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU), said: “It is without doubt that the AgriTech Expo has stamped an indelible mark as the biggest agricultural outdoor showpiece in Zambia and has continued to endear its way into the region and beyond. It is an expo with a core mandate to forge mechanization and technological advancements among farmers with the aim of improving production, productivity and efficiency in this evolving world of discerning consumers that demand quality and proficiency.”

In 2019, AgriTech Expo Zambia welcomed over 18,500 visitors and 220 exhibitors across various sectors such as seed producers, chemical fertilizers, irrigation; machinery, construction, etc. In addition to that, the visitors at the 6th edition of AgriTech Expo witnessed 26 live crop trials, 50 training workshops, numerous live machinery demonstrations as well as 7 international pavilions.

AgriTech Expo aims to develop the farming community in Zambia by presenting a global platform for a regional audience, encompassing cutting edge technology and innovation, tailored to local needs. With the presence of the leading businesses in agricultural machinery the likes of SARO, AGRICO, ZamSeed, John Deere and many more showcasing their latest technologies and services, both large commercial enterprises as well as small and medium scale farmers will find something of value on offer at the trade fair.

In a passionate message from the CEO of SARO, Gold Sponsor of AgriTech Expo, Mr. Ashok Oza said, “Farming is the future for Zambia and the region. AgriTech Expo is a must attend event for the Zambian and regional farming community. Climate change is upon us, conservation farming is the way forward. At AgriTech Expo, SARO will display and demonstrate conservation farming equipment that we supply and manufacture, such as our reliable tractors, farm implements, irrigation equipment, post-harvest machinery and solar pumping solutions. I hope to see you all at AgriTech Expo Zambia 2020.”

In 2020, along with the popular specials from previous editions such as the 4×4 test tracks, the live crop trials, machinery demonstration zones, AgriTech Expo Zambia will debut its exclusive networking zone. The objective is for commercial farmers to engage in an open dialog with the ministry of agriculture as well as creating an opportunity for high level networking amongst top suppliers.

Participants at the networking zone will engage in round-table and Q&A sessions and will have exclusive access to a networking function with other commercial farming enterprises at the event, VIPs, government officials, media partners and top suppliers.

Mr. Bernd Koch, Managing Director DLG Agriculture Ltd. organizer of the 7th edition of AgriTech Expo 2020 commented: “We are delighted to be at the helm of the organizational activities for AgriTech Expo. We look forward to creating not only a conducive atmosphere for meaningful and productive discussions and deliberations on key issues and challenges currently facing the industry among key stakeholders, but also bringing the latest technology, innovation and knowledge to the community in order to find sustainable and effective solutions for the future.”

The sharing and transfer of knowledge being a critical ingredient to the development of the agriculture and livestock industry in the region, AgriTech Expo 2020 will also continue its workshop and seminar sessions over the three days of the trade fair. Participants can look forward to thematic presentations covering a variety of trending topics delivered by local and international experts.


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