Silwamba encourages farmers to attend 2019 show to acquaint with innovation 

By staff reporter
THE      Agricultural and Commercial Society of Zambia    says farmers should attend this year’s agricultural and commercial show to learn innovative approaches to the industry.
This year’s 93rd agricultural and commercial show, themed embracing industrial development, will be held from July 31 to August 5 in the Showgrounds in Lusaka.
According to Agricultural and Commercial Society of Zambia (ACSZ) president Caroline Silwamba, President Edgar Lungu would officially open the Show on Saturday, August 3.
Silwamba disclosed that in terms of registration of exhibitors, the Society was currently at 85 per cent and that by the time the show begins, “we’ll give you all the correct figures.”
“We are still receiving entries as at now. The same number of farmers will exhibit this year; 15 farmers from each province,” she said.
“I just want to assure people that farmers shouldn’t come because they are doing well; farmers should come if they are faced by challenges so that they can come and learn from the experiences.”
Silwamba added that this time around, the concentration of the Show would be on seminars aimed at information sharing, particularly for farmers, so as to enlighten them on agricultural diversification to enhance national food security.
“These workshops will start on 31st July to 2nd August 2019. They will include topics in agriculture, fisheries, livestock and finance,” she disclosed.
“The Society has aligned sessions on aspects of cultivating drought-resistant crops, among other issues. There is no additional fee required to attend these programmes. All it takes is a gate entry ticket or badge into the Showgrounds.”
On entertainment, Silwamba noted that showgoers would be captivated by Congolese musician Fally Ipupa and Zambian singers Mampi, Mweshi Mulusa, Amayenge, Peace Preacherz, B-Flow, among others.
“Others are the Dare Devils who are professional riders from South Africa….” said Silwamba.
Meanwhile, ACSZ general manager Mukamba Mwiya said: “for the number of exhibitors, we are currently at 980 and foreign exhibitors in that number are, as of 17th July, 115.”