AgriTEACH training sessions at this year’s Agritech Expo Zambia will focus on skills development, aimed at addressing current farming challenges and offer practical, smart and innovative solutions to ensure quality farming and maximum production, season after season.

According to organisers the farmers will have the opportunity to attend multiple workshop sessions taking place across four different industry themes, allowing farmers a more focused and detailed knowledge building experience.

“The sessions will cover agriculture sectors such as crops, finance, irrigation, machinery, equipment and livestock.”

The sessions will also be an opportunity for farmers to obtain free, professional advice from experts in the new AgriCONSULT at the event.

Some of the leading expert speakers at the AgriTEACH workshops at Agritech Expo Zambia will share experience and latest technology on livestock, poultry and aquaculture.

“The aquaculture status in Zambia is rapidly increasing with a number of donor supported aquaculture development programs targeting small-scale farmers,” Sikabalu Malawo, Technical Sales officer, Skretting Zambia.

Sharing his sentiments David Elias Daka, Animal Production Consultant at Livestock Services Cooperative Society in Zambia said: “Nutrition and feeding account for a major cost of production and farmers will learn how this cost can be reduced.”

On the other hand financial institutions will also share advice on finance.

“We are involved in financial literacy programs such as the Farmers and Micro Business Simulation, our main focus is to have farmers and micro businesses view their businesses as profit centres and manage them as such in the long run,” said Jonathan Chola, Agro-lending Coordinator at AB Bank.

“Banks value their relationship with Zambian farmers and are committed to providing financial solutions to help them grow,” added Leonard Mwanza, CEO of the Bankers’ Association of Zambia (BAZ), an official industry event partner.

On soil and irrigation, Sebastian Scott, one of the founding members of the Grassroots Trust said there are few options farmers know about that have the potential to re-instate soil fertility without the need for long fallow periods”

As in previous years, Agritech Expo enjoys extensive support from the agri industry with well-known suppliers Agriserve, SARO and Zamseed already confirmed as gold sponsors.

Last year Agritech Expo Zambia won the AAXO ROAR award for Best Africa Bound Trade and Consumer Exhibition in the 12000+ sqm 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 and Consumer Exhibition 12000+ sqm 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, leading Cape Town-based trade exhibition and conference organiser, and the African office of Clarion Events Ltd, based in the UK.