Harare Agri­cul­tural Show 2018

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - BUSINESS -

1. Exit Sta­tis­tics

a) Show record at­ten­dance at 221 651, up 19.6% com­pared to last year’s 185 349. b) Com­mer­cial Ex­hibitors up 8.3 %, to 545 com­pared to 2017, with 503. c) To­tal ex­hi­bi­tion space in­crease to over 82 268 square me­tres, marginally up by 3% from last year. d) All show sec­tions fully sub­scribed, but a re­duc­tion in live­stock ex­hibits due to Foot and Mouth Disease. e) Com­mer­cial spon­sor­ship sup­port up 112%, com­pared to last year. f) At­ten­dance at busi­ness in­ter­faces up 300 % to 1325 del­e­gates. g) Sixth An­nual Na­tional Agribusi­ness Con­fer­ence record at­ten­dance at 400 del­e­gates, up 42 % from last year.

2. Chal­lenges

a) Man­ag­ing growth and pro­vi­sion of qual­ity ser­vices, in­clud­ing ex­hibitor am­bi­ence and con­ve­nience. b) Man­ag­ing crowds, their se­cu­rity and fa­cil­i­tat­ing smooth en­try at gates.

3. Where to from here

a) From “Harare Agri­cul­tural Show” to “Zim­babwe Agri­cul­tural Show” to re­flect the na­tional char­ac­ter of the Show, and to broaden and deepen trans­for­ma­tion from view­ing and us­ing the show as a “dis­play plat­form” to “an ecosys­tem of op­por­tu­ni­ties” for the pub­lic, spon­sors and ex­hibitors.

4. On the hori­zon: The In­au­gu­ral Agri­cul­tural Sec­tor Sur­vey: Septem ber-Oc­to­ber 2018.

a) The sur­vey aims to pro­vide an­nual sec­tor-wide, in-depth, ob­jec­tive, au­thor­i­ta­tive and in­de­pen­dent an­a­lyt­i­cal agri­cul­ture, agribusi­ness, ma­chin­ery, equip­ment, ir­ri­ga­tion and other per­ti­nent in­for­ma­tion and data for farm­ers, gov­ern­ment, busi­ness, lo­cal and for­eign in­vestors and other stake­hold­ers to ac­cel­er­ate agri­cul­tural de­vel­op­ment, in sup­port of gov­ern­ment’s “Vi­sion 2030” and the “Zim­babwe is Open for Busi­ness Mantra”. This col­lab­o­ra­tive sur­vey be­ing both an ex­pa­ti­a­tion and ex­pres­sion of the Zim­babwe Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety's re­ju­ve­nated man­date.

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