Zambia agri expo receives support
Story from: CAJ News Africa
From ARNOLD MULENGA in Lusaka, Zambia
LUSAKA, (CAJ News) – THE Agritech Expo Zambia set for the central town of Chisamba next month is receiving a positive response from the industry.
AFGRI Corporation Ltd., the sole John Deere distributor in Zambia, is returning as platinum sponsors.
“The annual Agritech Expo is very important for all agricultural suppliers in Zambia” says Willie Dietrechsen, Country Manager for the Equipment business at AFGRI Corporation Ltd.
“The expo is the only national showcase for agricultural suppliers like AFGRI to showcase and to demonstrate new technology in the range of equipment we offer as farming solutions to the Zambian farmer.”
Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) owns the award-winning Agritech Expo Zambia, which returns to Chisamba for the fourth time this year from April 27-29.
Last year, the event drew a record-breaking number of 17 605 visitors.
This year even more small-scale, emerging and commercial farmers are expected to descend on the GART research farm in the heart of Zambia’s agri-hub, where the latest farming products and services will be showcased.
Dietrechsen says challenges to the agri sector in Zambia include the financial situation of farmers due to low dam levels resulting in lesser planting of wheat during the last two to three years, severe drought conditions in the past and the poor commodity prices.
He is, however, optimistic about the future, saying, “Hang in there, things will get better! AFGRI Equipment will remain loyal with support to the Zambian farmers, through thick and thin.”
– CAJ News
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