By Kenias Chivuzhe
The Manicaland Agricultural Show that had been shelved due to the Covid-19 pandemic has returned with the number of exhibitors increasing by almost 80 this year.
Exhibitors were pleased with the business being generated while others took the opportunity to market their products and organisations.
“The inquires we have recorded at the livestock sector is enormous and we believe the show has provided us with an opportunity to grow,” an exhibitor told ZBC News.
A representative of the GMB said, “As the Grain Marketing Board, we are engaging with our farmers on the need for them to deliver their produce to the national granary. We are now decentralising our grain collection points.”
For the young ones, the excitement that comes with the hosting of the prime agricultural event was evident.
Manicaland Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Honourable Nokuthula Matsikenyere, who officially opened the show this Friday, said the provincial show’s focus dovetails with the thrust to promote provincial and districts gross domestic products through increased productivity and innovation.
“This year’s exhibition comes as the Second Republic is working tirelessly on unlocking the value of the industry. Provincial economies are expected to contribute towards GDP. Provinces and districts are now economic zones that should produce and value add their products to unlock industrialisation potential. There is need for the local industry to start moving towards the fourth industrial revolution as pronounced by President Mnangagwa,” she said.
The Manicaland Agricultural Show is running under the theme, “Unlocking the value of the industry in the new era”.