Zim firms to show­case at Zam­bian Expo

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business - Busi­ness Re­porter

ZIM­BABWE’s trade de­vel­op­ment and pro­mo­tion or­gan­i­sa­tion, ZimTrade, will for the sec­ond time lead lo­cal busi­nesses’ par­tic­i­pa­tion at Agritech Expo to be held in Chisamba, Zam­bia next week.

Agritech Expo is a spe­cialised ex­hi­bi­tion for the agri­cul­tural sec­tor value chain and would run from 27 to 29 April.

The expo is a busi­ness-to-busi­ness plat­form for agri­cul­tural pro­fes­sion­als, from small-scale farm­ers to com­mer­cial en­ter­prises.

“Agritech pro­vides a plat­form for com­pa­nies to en­gage and con­duct busi­ness with in­ter­na­tional buy­ers in the agri­cul­tural in­dus­try. Zim­bab­wean com­pa­nies will show­case agro­chem­i­cals, vet­eri­nary prod­ucts, fer­tilis­ers, agri­cul­tural equip­ment and im­ple­ments, among other prod­ucts,” said ZimTrade.

Three of the 10 Zim­bab­wean com­pa­nies have set up plots to demon­strate the ef­fec­tive­ness of their fer­tilis­ers and her­bi­cides on maize, soya bean and ground­nuts.

“Zim­babwe’s in­au­gu­ral par­tic­i­pa­tion at the Expo in 2016 gen­er­ated a lot of in­ter­est from both the Zam­bian and in­ter­na­tional buy­ers hence the need to be present again with a wider range of prod­ucts,” said the agency.

In 2016, more than 17 000 agri­cul­tural busi­ness de­ci­sion mak­ers from 29 coun­tries in Africa, Amer­ica, Europe and Mid­dle East par­tic­i­pated in the expo.

As mem­bers of Sadc and Comesa, both Zim­babwe and Zam­bia en­joy pref­er­en­tial ac­cess for their qual­i­fy­ing prod­ucts into each other’s coun­try.

There­fore, Zim­babwe has po­ten­tial to in­crease exports of prod­ucts such as agri­cul­tural im­ple­ments and in­puts.

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