Agritech Expo Zambia celebrates its 6th birthday in Chisamba in April and offers new features, country pavilions and more free training.
“Agritech Expo Zambia 2019 promises more agro-technology and innovation advancements as the event continues to unveil the future for our agriculture” says Jervis Zimba, President of the Zambia National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU), the owners of the event that returns to Chisamba from 11 to 13 April 2019.
The success story of this agricultural showcase is a great source of pride for the ZNFU. Last year the event featured several international pavilions again and a VIP attendance that included 3 cabinet ministers and the Zambian President Edgar Lungu, who visited the event for the fourth year in a row.
Zimba says the huge success of the 2018 event in the face of numerous challenges, including the economic crunch, as well as cholera and foot and mouth disease outbreaks in the area, “showed that the organisers, the local partners and the government always manage to work together and towards excellence and year after year deliver an outstanding product that has proven to be valuable and indeed unmissable for regional farmers of all scales, exhibitors and sponsors alike.
This year the event at Gart is expected to bring more than 20 000 visitors, over 220 local and international exhibitors, including international pavilions from Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and Zimbabwe, 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.
This year’s event will feature the following 16 industry featured zones:
The Livestock Zone incorporates various breeders who display their livestock services, species of livestock including goats, cows and sheep, as well as animal feeds and veterinary services.
LIVE CROP TRIALS
Visitors are able to view the yields of seeds from a variety of seed producers and respective agricultural chemicals companies.
MACHINERY & EQUIPMENT DEMOS
The machinery demonstrations are always an exciting attraction and is a great display of versatility and capability by leading machinery suppliers.
The Construction Park is a welcome addition to the expo and offers visitors a selection of quality construction equipment to suit their agricultural needs.
4X4 TEST TRACK
The exciting and challenging 4×4 Test Track gives visitors the opportunity to test their skills or simply be driven around the track and experience the capability and manoeuvrability of high-end utility vehicles.
The Energy Park was introduced in 2016 and offers innovative ways to get off the grid amidst the power crisis unfolding in the region.
Agritech has become an internationally acclaimed event, boasting over 39 countries being represented on site year on year. In 2019, the expo expects to feature more than 5 international country pavilions featuring products and solutions from global industry leaders. This will give attendees the opportunity to view and discuss products from outside their local market.
INDOOR EXPO TENT
The indoor expo showcases a variety of local and international agricultural suppliers looking to expand their footprint in sub-Saharan Africa.
The Irrigation Zone displayed a variety of irrigation systems and farming solutions, including centre pivot displays for commercial and small-scale farmers from leading industry suppliers.
CENTRE PIVOT DISPLAY
Agritech Expo Zambia is the first agriculture focused event in Africa to showcase a live centre pivot as part of the show. This will give commercial farming professionals the ability to see the different growth rates of various crops under centre pivot irrigation, which is an integral part of their farming practice and methods.
AGRITEACH TRAINING WORKSHOPS
The technical workshops are presented by industry experts and focus on modernising small-scale farmers. These workshops provide access to market information and innovations from the latest financial loan models to new agricultural solutions.
VIP LARGE-SCALE FARMERS AGENDA
Presenting commodity trade roundtable discussions, business matchmaking, networking function to link agribusinesses together. Exclusively designed for large-scale farming enterprises that are ready to access new agribusiness ventures and markets.
The SME Zone is a cost-effective designed area for local based companies to participate in the event and to engage with farming professionals, without having to create a large display area.
A variety of dedicated companies offering a wide range of farming services, consultancies, equipment and technology, farming research and industry institutions as well as associations will be represented.
Aquaculture is a growing market in Sub-Saharan Africa and Agritech Expo Zambia 2019 will showcase the region’s most prominent players in this field and will give the farming professionals attending the opportunity to learn more about this lucrative market and to explore new ways, in which to incorporate this practice into their farming operations.
Visitors can make their way to the Amiran stand where the team has constructed one of their unique nethouses. The technology and designs are state of the art and it certainly is worth a look. Visitors will also get a chance to meet friendly, knowledgeable staff and engage with them in a variety of discussions on various products and projects. You will see what they mean when they say that they are an agricultural solutions company!
New features for 2019:
LIVESTOCK DEMOS & WORKSHOPS
Practical demonstrations giving farmers a first-hand experience on how to best care for their livestock.
LIVE PLANTING DEMOS
These demonstrations provide the opportunity for seed companies to practically provide live training to feature the best way to plant seeds with the right mix of agrochemicals and technology to attain solid yields.
MORE AGRITEACH WORKSHOP ZONES
Previously, AgriTEACH workshops were featured in a single workshop zone. In the upcoming edition, farmers will have the opportunity to attend multiple workshop sessions taking place across 5 different industry themes, allowing them a more focused and detailed knowledge building experience. Workshop zones will cover crops, irrigation, machinery and equipment, finance and livestock.
As in previous years, Agritech Expo enjoys extensive support from the agricultural industry with well-known suppliers Zamseed and SARO already confirmed as returning gold sponsors.
Multi-award winning event
Last year Agritech Expo Zambia won its third AAXO ROAR award for Best Africa Bound Trade & Consumer Exhibition in the 12000+ m² category at the AAXO ROAR Organiser and Exhibitor Awards in Johannesburg which honour excellence in the exhibition and events industry on the continent. In 2017 the event also won for Best Trade & Consumer Exhibition 12000+ m² 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, and the African office of Clarion Events Ltd, based in the UK.
Agritech Expo Zambia 2019
Farmers Preview Day
Thursday, 11 April 2019, 09:00 – 17:00
Open to all agricultural professionals
Friday, 12 April, 09:00 – 17:00
Saturday, 13 April, 09:00 – 15:00
Location: Gart Research Centre, Chisamba, Zambia