“Mechanisation is the key to the farming business of the 21st century and will definitely have positive effects like higher outputs, generate more income for the farmer itself and the society. When it comes to the buying of inputs and equipment, the label ‘Made in Germany’ is one that evokes perceptions of quality, efficiency and trust,” says Martin Botzian, Head of Communication, DLG International GmbH, and conveners of the German pavilion at Agritech Expo Zambia in Chisamba from 11 to 13 April 2019.
This year the event at Gart is expected to bring more than 20 000 visitors from some 39 countries, over 220 local and international exhibitors, including international pavilions so far from Germany, China, Czech Republic, the European Union, Italy and the UK, with 3 500 VIP and large-scale farmers and 150 members of the media. Agritech Expo is free to attend for all visitors that pre-register.
The future of the Zambian farmer
The German pavilion has been part of the event since its inception 6 years ago, which “clearly shows our interest in the Zambian market and that of the exhibitors”, says Martin, adding “the country still has a stable policy environment, which means the government supports the agricultural sector and promotes commercial farming. We see contrary tendencies happening in South Africa or already in the past in Zimbabwe. Commercial or emerging farmers are more likely to invest in a country with stable policies. Zambia is still a good place to grow crops and raise animals. There is enough fresh water for irrigation.”
He continues: “Agritech Expo Zambia is indeed Zambia’s leading professional agriculture trade fair. A very solid agriculture platform in Zambia showcasing advanced farming mechanisation implements, seed varieties, plant protection and fertilisers, irrigation tools and animal husbandry equipment and much more… like solar technologies. Agritech Expo is contributing to the future of the Zambian farmer.” Read the full interview with Martin Botzian on the event website, click here.
“The CNCIC has organised a Chinese delegation to participate in Agritech Expo Zambia” says Allen Li, Deputy Exhibition Department Manager at the China National Chemical Information Center (CNCIC). He adds: “the CNCIC is an authoritative provider with comprehensive service in chemical industry and relevant areas, including information consulting, exhibition and conference, E-commerce, IT service, publication, etc. This year, we’ll bring 4 to 5 Chinese top class, high-tech agrochemical manufacturers in our pavilion and present their brand products which are specifically developed for Zambia’s agricultural conditions.”
As in previous years, Agritech Expo enjoys extensive support from the agricultural industry with well-known suppliers Agriserve, SARO and Zamseed already confirmed as gold sponsors.
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.
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
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