By MTHULISI SIBANDA
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – THE upcoming Agritech Expo Zambia indicates a massive interest in the country’s agricultural sector by South African suppliers and farmers.
The award-winning event returns to the central Chisamba for the fourth time from April 27-29.
The South African companies that have so far booked to exhibit or sponsor at Agritech Expo Zambia include AGRICO, Gallagher Power Fence SA Pty Ltd, Hydraform, Kempston Agri – Claas, Lindsay Africa, Neptun Boot, Organico, Senter 360, Teejet and ROFF. Many other suppliers have headquarters in South Africa, but they are exhibiting as the Zambian branch.
“Zambia is an exciting market to explore, not just for South African suppliers to the agriculture sector, but also for South African farmers,” says Liam Beckett, commercial director for the upcoming Agritech Expo Zambia.
Beckett says certain sectors the South African market has become saturated and many South African companies are looking to branch out across the border, in order to continue their business growth in Africa.
In Zambia, there are approximately 400 registered commercial farming professionals, which represents a very lucrative potential market.
“The Zambian farming sector is also far more advanced than other neighbouring countries and farming methods are also similar to South Africa. Therefore, South African brands and products, such as implements and agro chemicals, are all applicable in Zambia,” says Beckett.
The three-day expo will furthermore feature an even greater international presence with international pavilions from Germany, Zimbabwe, Czech Republic, the Netherlands, the UK and France already confirmed.
Last year, Agritech Expo Zambia drew a record-breaking attendance of 17 605 visitors.
Agritech Expo Zambia is organised by Spintelligent, leading Cape Town-based trade exhibition and conference organiser, and the African office of Clarion Events Ltd, based in the United Kingdom.
The event is owned by the Zambia National Farmers Union.
– CAJ News
By MTHULISI SIBANDA