With mechanisation being the key to farming business in the 21st century, this year’s Agritech Expo Zambia is set to witness an array of latest farming technology from the exhibitors.

According to organisers, the Expo is expected to bring more than 20,000 visitors from some 39 countries.

It is understood that over 220 local and international exhibitors, including international pavilions from Germany, China, Czech Republic, the European Union, Italy and the UK have so far confirmed their availability.

“Mechanisation is the key to the farming business of the 21st century and will have positive effects like higher outputs, generate more income for the farmer itself and 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.” This is according to Martin Botzian, Head of Communication, DLG International GmbH, and conveners of the German pavilion

The German pavilion has been part of the event since its inception six 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 freshwater for irrigation.”

He also confirmed that the Expo is Zambia’s leading professional agriculture trade show.

“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 fertilizers, irrigation tools and animal husbandry equipment and much more… like solar technologies. Agritech Expo is contributing to the future of the Zambian farmer,” said Martin.

The China National Chemical Information Center has organised a Chinese delegation to participate in Agritech Expo Zambia.

Allen Li, Deputy Exhibition Department Manager at the China National Chemical Information Center (CNCIC), said: “the CNCIC is an authoritative provider with comprehensive service in the chemical industry and relevant areas, including information consulting, exhibition and conference, E-commerce, IT service, publication, etc. This year, we’ll bring four to five 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 agri industry with well-known suppliers Agriserve, SARO and Zamseed already confirmed as gold sponsors.

The Expo is set to take place in Chisamba from 11-13 April 2019.