Calling All Farmers for the Fifth Agritech Expo Zambia in Chisamba in April

Chisamba, Zambia, February 04, 2018 --( “Agritech Expo Zambia has been embraced by the farming community and every year we look forward to bringing new features, new technologies, more country pavilions and more free training and knowledge sharing to add value to each and every farmer’s operation,” says Emmanuelle Nicholls, event director of Agritech Expo Zambia which returns to Chisamba from 12-14 April this year for the fifth time.

This year the event at GART is expected to bring more than 22 000 visitors, over 270 local and international exhibitors with 3500 VIP and large scale farmers and 150 members of the media. Agritech Expo Zambia is free to attend for all visitors that pre-register.

Ms Nicholls adds, “Thanks to the support of the farming community in Zambia, but also in the region, Agritech Expo Zambia has been established as a marketplace for regional and international industry professionals, young agripreneurs and farmers of all scales, to come together in one location to conduct exclusive agribusiness transactions while being educated on the latest global industry trends to advance into the next generation of food production.”

The international interest in the three-day expo is also growing with more and more foreign companies looking to invest and find business partners in Zambia. So far the country pavilions from France, Germany, Zimbabwe, Czech Republic and Finland have already been confirmed.

ZNFU’s great source of pride
The success story that is Agritech Expo Zambia is a great source of pride for the Zambia National Farmers Union, the owners of the event.

Says the ZNFU President Jervis Zimba, “It is our belief that Agritech Expo, which has become the biggest agricultural showpiece in Zambia, will continue unveiling new ideologies and technologies relevant to the growth of our farmers not only in Zambia, but also beyond, that will help lift the poor majority out of poverty; the push behind the creation of the expo. With this in mind, we are expecting an even bigger Agritech Expo in 2018.”

Last year the event featured 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.

What to expect this year at Agritech Expo:
- Machinery demonstrations
- Construction park
- 4x4 test track
- Crop trials
- Energy park
- International pavilions
- Indoor expo
- Irrigation zone
- Livestock zone
- Centre pivot display
- AgriTeach workshops
- Large scale farmers seminars
- SME zone
- VIP Business Lounge

New features for 2018:

- Mowing and baling demonstrations - for the first time, Agritech Expo 2018 will be showcasing live mowing demonstrations. This new demo area is focusing on quality mechanisation for mowing purposes and will give farming professionals the opportunity to view this equipment in action.

- Aquaculture showcase - Aquaculture is a growing market in sub-Saharan Africa and Agritech Expo 2018, will be showcasing the regions’ most prominent players in this field.

- Live planting demos - providing the opportunity for companies to practically demonstrate how products work.

- Greenhouse showcase - a first-hand opportunity to see the effects and benefits of using a variety of seeds with fertilisers and pesticides to maximize yields.

- Value added zone - boosting commercial opportunities for farming operations by featuring the latest industry trends and solutions on ways to improve quality and enhance yields.

Industry support
As in previous years, Agritech Expo enjoys extensive support from the agri industry with well-known suppliers AFGRI and John Deere returning as platinum sponsors once again. Confirmed gold sponsors are Gourock, SARO and Ursus.

Multi-award winning Agritech Expo
Agritech Expo Zambia has just won its third AAXO ROAR award for Best Africa Bound Trade & Consumer Exhibition in the 12000+ sqm category at the AAXO ROAR Organiser and Exhibitor Awards in Johannesburg which honour excellence in the exhibition and events industry on the continent. Last year the event also 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.

Agritech Expo Zambia is owned by the Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) and is organised by Spintelligent, leading Cape Town-based trade exhibition and conference organiser, and the African office of Clarion Events Ltd, based in the UK. Another well-known agri event by Spintelligent is Farm-Tech Expo Kenya.

Agritech Expo Zambia 2018:
Farmers Preview Day:
Thursday 12 April 2018 | 09:00 - 17:00
Open to all agricultural professionals:
Friday 13 April 2018 | 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 14 April 2018 | 09:00 - 15:00
Location: Gart Research Centre, Chisamba, Zambia
Agritech Expo Zambia
Annemarie Roodbol