THE Matabeleland South Agricultural Show kicked off on a low note yesterday with some exhibitors still mounting their stands.
About 80 local exhibitors are expected to grace the event amid winds of political change in the region after Zanu PF swept the entire province in the just-ended harmonised polls.
Gwanda Agricultural Show Society president Misheck Ndlovu was yesterday optimistic of a highly successful show.
Ndlovu, in an interview with Southern Eye Business, said this year’s business jamboree would be bigger and better compared to last year.
He urged members of the public to come in their numbers, saying the show would be educative and entertaining.
“I urge the people of Gwanda to come in large numbers as this is a show for them to interrogate their service providers and learn. Beside, a number of activities have been lined up to keep them entertained,” Ndlovu said.
The show society maintained last years’ charges for its stands, a situation which Ndlovu said resulted in the increase in the number of exhibitors.
Former Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce president and Bulawayo businessman Obert Sibanda will
officially open this year’s edition of the show on Saturday. It will be held under the theme “Promoting Innovations that Work”.
Former Industry and Commerce minister Welshman Ncube, leader of the MDC, officiated at last year’s edition of the show.
Ndlovu said there was need for the people of the drought-prone Matabeleland South to adopt new ways of farming in response to climate change.
Metbank, New Ziana, Zimdef and Gwanda Community Share Scheme are among the new exhibitors this year.
Cattle will be on display this year and there will be a sale at the end of the show.
Farmers have been urged to bring their cattle to get competitive prices.
Major attractions this year will include a performance by Jeys Marabini, police displays and Fire Brigade drills. Local dance groups will also be performing during the show.