2016 Agric show records high­est num­ber of en­tries

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business - Elita Chik­wati Harare Bureau

THE 106th edi­tion of the Harare Agri­cul­tural Show started yes­ter­day with the Zim­babwe Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety reg­is­ter­ing 77 693 en­tries on the ex­hi­bi­tion space.

This was an in­crease from the 70 466 en­tries reg­is­tered dur­ing the same pe­riod last year. In 2014, there were 70 263 en­tries. There has been an in­crease in the en­tries un­der the home in­dus­tries from 789 last year to 1 394 this year, while en­tries in the live­stock sec­tor rose from 466 to 476 this year.

En­tries in the com­mer­cial stands in­creased from 460 last year to 490 this year. The agri­cul­tural pro­duce reg­is­tered a de­cline in en­tries from 320 last year to 300 this year.

As has be­come the norm with the first day, busi­ness was low with few peo­ple vis­it­ing the Ex­hi­bi­tion Park.

For the past few years, the first days have be­come fam­ily days as many par­ents pre­fer tak­ing their chil­dren to the show dur­ing the first days where there will be less con­ges­tion.

Peo­ple in­ter­viewed said they were im­pressed by the readi­ness of most of the ex­hibitors who were al­ready on their stands un­like the past years.

They also watched re­hearsals by drum ma­jorettes while chil­dren en­joyed dif­fer­ent games at the amuse­ment park.

Zim­babwe De­fence Forces was one of the pop­u­lar stands.

At ZDF peo­ple were in­ter­ested in dif­fer­ent guns and pis­tols while the track­ing sec­tion was the most pop­u­lar.

At the track­ing sec­tion dif­fer­ent sur­vival strate­gies were show­cased.

These in­cluded traps for birds and mice, an­cient meth­ods of start­ing fires and also herbs used for dif­fer­ent ail­ments.

The pop­u­lar herb was mukan­damberi, an en­ergy drink that most peo­ple wanted to taste.

Ex­hibitors said busi­ness was low as few peo­ple were vis­it­ing their stands or in­quir­ing about their prod­ucts.

De­bont mar­ket­ing man­ager, Mr Mar­l­lon Nya­man­gara, said few peo­ple had vis­ited the stand and this was syn­ony­mous with the first day.

“Nor­mally, few peo­ple visit the stands on the first day. We ex­pect busi­ness to pick as the show ad­vances,” he said.

The show is run­ning from Au­gust 22 to Au­gust 27 un­der the theme” Cli­mate Re­silience; The New Agri­cul­tural Fron­tier”.

ZAS public re­la­tions of­fi­cer, Ms Heather Madombwe said; “We started off with the street pa­rade and gen­er­ally we are look­ing at more peo­ple com­ing to­mor­row be­cause we have free en­try for chil­dren wear­ing school uni­forms and the show will roll as we go through the week,” she said.

Events dur­ing the show week in­clude Agribusi­ness which is ex­pected to be at­tended by Vice Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa. Poul­try, rab­bits, fish and potato lead dis­cus­sions and quiz for pri­mary schools.

En­ter­tain­ment in­cludes road shows, youth fes­ti­val, drum ma­jorettes, fire­works, dis­plays from po­lice, Zim­babwe De­fence Forces and Zim­babwe Prison Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices and live­stock pa­rades among oth­ers.

Chil­dren will also be en­ter­tained at the amuse­ment park.

The show charges have re­mained $5 for adults and one dol­lar for chil­dren un­der the age of 12.

Vice Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa

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