With a record-breaking attendance of 17 605 visitors, the third edition of Agritech Expo Zambia has firmly established itself as the leading outdoor agri event in the region. This year’s attendance is a 50% increase in visitors compared to last year’s figure of 11 740.
Thousands of small-scale, emerging and commercial farmers arrived at the GART Research Centre in Chisamba from 14-16 April to be part of Agritech Expo Zambia and to view the latest farming products and services that were showcased by 160 exhibitors over 70 000 sqm of space. The three-day expo also featured two international pavilions, from Germany and Zimbabwe, welcomed two agriculture ministers, from Zambia and the Czech Republic, and the Zambian President H.E Edgar Lungu officially opened the show.
'Agritech Expo 2016 was tremendously successful” says Mr Ndambo Ndambo, Executive Director of the Zambia National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU), the owners of the event. He adds: “by every measure, the Agritech Expo 2016 lived up to its promise: it was bigger, better and more diversified, so much that it has continued being the leading outdoor agricultural and B2B event in Zambia.”
The event also offered free workshops, live machinery and product demonstrations and crop trial demonstrations. Agritech Expo has also become known as an annual event where millions of dollars of business is done on the spot, as Wayne Wiid, Executive Country Manager of AFGRI, returning platinum sponsors, attests: “the amount of leads we received during the show was extremely positive and some deals have already been concluded”.
The Zambian President H.E Mr Edgar Lungu, officially opened the event on the second day, Friday 15 March, saying “events such as this Expo provide a good platform upon which we together can share progressive ideas to develop agriculture into the minister of our economy. This expo therefore appropriately brings together farmers, agro companies, researchers, agri solution providers and holistic stakeholders who are all here to share experiences and information, as well as to lay good agriculture practices to improve productivity.”
More compliments about Agritech Expo Zambia 2016:
“AFGRI would like to compliment all the personnel from Spintelligent for organising (yet again) an excellent Agritech Expo 2016. We, as AFGRI, are pleased with how the show was organised and managed during the three day period. The amount of leads we received during the show was extremely positive and some deals have already been concluded. We will most definitely be back as a platinum sponsor and also continue as one of the site preparation partners”.
- Wayne Wiid, Executive Country Manager, AFGRI, returning platinum sponsors
“Very well attended event, well organised and we generated some great leads for future business. We will definitely be back next year as the show gave us the opportunity to showcase our presence in Zambia and our clients were very happy to see us at the event.”
- Nalini Naidoo, Key Accounts Manager, Hydraform, South Africa – exhibitor
“Most exciting and created more opportunity to market and expose our products to small-scale and emerging farmers”
- Hanif Badat, General Manager, Osho Chemicals
“The experience was absolutely enriching, especially in my preferred area of farming: livestock. This year there was more than one breed of cattle as compared to last year when we had just Boran. This year we had two farms exhibiting Boran, one exhibiting Santa Gertrudis and yet another was exhibiting Tuli. This was the jewel in my crown. Now I know I have a choice within Zambia. Overall I was very glad that I attended this show. I was educated, motivated and inspired”.
- Grace Musonda, Zambian teacher, farmer and Agritech Expo visitor
“Over the past 3 years DLG has been an exhibitor at Agritech Expo Zambia and also brought German and other international companies to the open air expo. It continues to be a high-quality event across the country that attracts qualified commercial and small scale farmers, mostly from Zambia, and also from outside its borders, helping us to connect with a continuous stream of new clients and maintain existing client relationships. The management team has done an amazing job in organizing this agricultural event in Zambia.”
- Martin Botzian, Head of Communication, DLG International GmbH