Organisers of the annual Agritech Expo Zambia slated for the 12th to 14th April are optimistic that this year’s event will offer more.

“Agritech Expo Zambia has been embraced by the farming community and every year we look forward to bringing new features, new technologies, more country pavilions and more free training and knowledge sharing to add value to each and every farmer’s operation,” said Emmanuelle Nicholls, Event Director of Agritech Expo Zambia which returns to Chisamba for the fifth time.

This year, the event is expected to bring more than 22 000 visitors, over 270 local and international exhibitors with 3500 VIP and large scale farmers.

Nicholls said the Expo has been established as a marketplace for regional and international industry professionals, young agripreneurs and farmers of all scales, to come together in one location to conduct exclusive agribusiness transactions while being educated on the latest global industry trends to advance into the next generation of food production.

The international interest in the three-day expo is also growing with more and more foreign companies looking to invest and find business partners in Zambia.

So far the country pavilions from France, Germany, Zimbabwe, Czech Republic and Finland have already been confirmed.

“It is our belief that Agritech Expo, which has become the biggest agricultural showpiece in Zambia, will continue unveiling new ideologies and technologies relevant to the growth of our farmers not only in Zambia, but also beyond, that will help lift the poor majority out of poverty; the push behind the creation of the expo.

With this in mind, we are expecting an even bigger Agritech Expo in 2018,” said Jervis Zimba, ZNFU President.

Last year, the event featured seven international pavilions.

Some of the showcase at this year’s Agritech Expo includes machinery demonstrations, construction park, crop trials, energy park, international pavilions and indoor expo, irrigation zone, livestock, centre pivot display and AgriTeach workshops, large scale farmers seminars and SME zone.

According to the organisers, the new features for 2018 are mowing and baling demonstrations, aquaculture showcase, live planting demos, greenhouse showcase, value added zone and industry support.

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.

Another well-known agri event by Spintelligent is Farm-Tech Expo Kenya.