PREPARATIONS for the annual Gwanda Agricultural Show have started with organisers predicting a bigger and better event this year.
South Western District Show Society publicity and advertising officer Fidelis Mhlolo said the number of exhibitors who have shown interest has already surpassed last years’ figures.
“Last year we had a total of 60 exhibitors, but right now 65 exhibitors have already shown interest,” he said.
“Our charges for stands will remain the same as last year, since the economy has remained stable.”
The 56th edition, which will be held from August 8 to 10, will run under the theme “Promoting Innovations that Work”.
Speaking on the choice of the theme, Mhlolo said there was need to come up with new tactics of farming that go hand-in-hand with drought and climate change in Matabeleland South.
“Matabeleland South is a drought-prone area and there is need for the government and the private sector to join hands in educating farmers on the new ways of farming that counter drought and climate change,” he said.
Mhlolo said livestock would be a major attraction at the show and urged farmers to bring their cattle for exhibition and sale.
“The cattle exhibition will be a major attraction and we urge farmers to bring their best beasts and get good prices as they will be a cattle sale during the show,” he said.
Mhlolo said they were still in the process of identifying the best suited person to officially open this year’s edition.
Industry and Commerce minister Welshman Ncube officiated at the 55th edition of the show.