Local firms to showcase at Zambia’s Agritech Expo

“Agricultural inputs and implements present lucrative export opportunities for local manufacturers,” ZimTrade said in a latest report.

LOCAL agricultural businesses are scheduled to participate at Zambia's 2024 Agritech Expo, thanks to ZimTrade, the country’s trade development and promotion organisation.

The expo, running from April 18 to 20 at the Golden Valley Agricultural Research Trust in Chisamba, is a premier event in Zambia for showcasing the latest agricultural technology, products and services.

This high-level event brings together suppliers and farmers of all scales to showcase products and educate customers on new methods and services available in the market.

The products to be exhibited include farm equipment, combine harvesters, garden equipment, landscaping, seeds, plants, net shading, poultry, fish farming, cut flowers, fertilisers, dairy, canning and processing, composting equipment, crop production and other related products.

“Agricultural inputs and implements present lucrative export opportunities for local manufacturers,” ZimTrade said in a latest report.

According to the TradeMap, the exports of agricultural inputs and implements grew to US$828 billion in 2022 from US$606 billion in 2019.

Participating at the Agritech Expo presents an opportunity for local suppliers to get new markets for the products and services and hence begin trade.

Some products and services that have been successful at previous Agritech Expos in Zambia include precision agriculture technology, irrigation systems, seed and fertiliser innovations, livestock management solutions and agricultural machinery and equipment.

Additionally, agribusiness consultancy services and financial solutions tailored for the agricultural sector have also been well-received by attendees.

According to the event organisers, the 2023 edition of the expo attracted over 150 exhibitors and 20 000 agricultural business visitors from countries in Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

“The event offers suppliers a platform to engage in real time with farmers, to improve the agriculture landscape through interactive dialogues with key industry players and increasing trade, revenue and profitability across the board,” it said.

ZimTrade said participating at the expo gives local companies the platform to connect with key industry players, potential buyers and government officials. It can also provide valuable networking opportunities, market insights, and potential partnerships that can help boost their business growth in the African market.

“As for high profile issues to expect at the fair, topics such as sustainable farming practices, agribusiness investment opportunities, digital innovation in agriculture, and food security are likely to be discussed,” the report read in part.

“Discussions will also focus on climate change, water management and other relevant challenges facing the agricultural sector in Zambia and beyond.”

To showcase at the Agritech Expo in Zambia, exhibitors typically need to have products or services related to agriculture, technology, or innovation in the sector. Participants include agricultural companies, technology providers, government officials, investors, and industry experts.

Companies that want to exhibit under the Zimbabwean pavilion need to confirm their participation with ZimTrade to secure the limited stands, the trade development and promotion organisation said.

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