More than 8,000 of the industry’s leading farmers, suppliers, manufacturers, retailers, agents and service providers attended the launch event on 4-5 April, held at the Golden Valley Agricultural Research Trust (GART) Research Centre, Chisamba.
A total of 69 exhibitors displayed the latest technology in farming and post-harvest equipment as well as products and services, spanning 230,000sqm.
“Zambia has cemented its reputation as the region’s future bread basket and agri powerhouse,” said Agritech Expo’s event director Liam Beckett.
“The feedback received during and after the show has been incredible. From exhibitors to visitors, everyone involved saw value in participating and we are all looking forward to creating a legacy event. The many deals that took place during Agritech Expo indicate that the Zambian market is ready for this kind of agri-event, where everyone is welcome, from the large scale to the emerging farmer.”
Zambia’s agriculture sector accounts for 35 per cent of the nation’s GDP which equates to around US$4.5bn, so according to Beckett, the timing of the new event was “perfect”.
A one-day conference, the Agribusiness Congress, also featured within the show, addressing key issues facing Zambian agriculture, including crop diversification, export and import regulations, innovative finance and supplier relationships.
Agritech was co-organised by the Zambian National Farmers Union (ZNFU), the USAID’s Southern African Trade Hub, Musika and GART.
The second edition of Agritech is scheduled for 17-18 April 2015 at the GART Centre.