Harare Show signs off in style

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - NEWS - Tan­yaradzwa Ku­taura and Tanaka Kadenge

THE young and the old, busi­ness ex­ec­u­tives, en­trepreneurs, farm­ers and all man­ner of pro­fes­sion­als all con­verged for this year’s Harare Agri­cul­tural Show.

From last Mon­day to yes­ter­day, tens of thou­sands streamed into Ex­hi­bi­tion Park, the tra­di­tional home of one of Africa’s old­est and grand­est ex­pos.

Nearly 500 stands were mounted, and away from the plea­sure of busi­ness, show-go­ers in­dulged in the busi­ness of plea­sure with en­ter­tain­ment pro­vided by the likes of Alick Mach­eso, Jah Sig­nal and Jah Prayzah.

The Harare Agric Show came to an ex­plo­sive end last night with a mas­sive fire­work dis­play that il­lu­mi­nated the skies and could be seen in sub­urbs sur­round­ing the cap­i­tal’s CBD.

In all, it is es­ti­mated that more than 150 000 peo­ple passed through the gates of Ex­hi­bi­tion Park for the 108th edi­tion of the Harare Agric Show.

This year’s edi­tion was themed “Field to In­dus­try: Pro­duce, Con­nect, De­velop”.

Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa of­fi­cially opened the Show on Fri­day, em­pha­sis­ing that agri­cul­tural growth was es­sen­tial to eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.

“Our na­tion takes pride in this premier agri­cul­ture event, which presents an op­por­tu­nity for key stake­hold­ers, de­ci­sion-mak­ers, Govern­ment, cap­tains of in­dus­try and com­merce to net­work and ap­pre­ci­ate the on­go­ing de­vel­op­ments from across the eco­nomic spec­trum,” he said.

“The theme for this year’s ex­hi­bi­tion, ‘Field to In­dus­try: Pro­duce, Con­nect de­velop’, is timely and speaks to our present na­tional fo­cus to­wards in­creased pro­duc­tiv­ity and ac­cel­er­a­tion of the mod­erni­sa­tion and mech­a­ni­sa­tion of our agri­cul­tural sec­tor.

“… it is there­fore, op­por­tune that the Zim­babwe Agri­cul­ture So­ci­ety chose this theme as agri­cul­tural growth is fun­da­men­tal

—Pic­ture : Ni­cholas Bak­ili to sus­tain­able so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and the im­prove­ment of the qual­ity of life of our cit­i­zenry.”

Among the pop­u­lar ex­hibitors were ZimParks and the Zim­babwe De­fence Forces, whose stands al­ways draw huge crowds.

The Zim­babwe Agricu­lu­ral So­ci­ety or­gan­ises the Harare Agric Show an­nu­ally to pro­mote eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment by link­ing var­i­ous stake­hold­ers to each other and their ex­ist­ing and po­ten­tial mar­kets.

Es­tab­lished in 1895, and op­er­at­ing as vol­un­tary mem­ber-based or­gan­i­sa­tion, ZAS is the old­est con­vener and host of agri­cul­tural, com­mer­cial and in­dus­trial shows in Zim­babwe.

A po­lice­man talk­ing on his cell­phone while rid­ing a motorbike dur­ing dis­plays at the Harare Agri­cul­tural show yes­ter­day.

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