CYNTHIA MWALE, Lusaka
THE annual Zambia National Farmers Unionâ€™s Agritech Expo slated for April 14-16 in Chisamba has attracted a number of Germanyâ€™s agricultural equipment to be displayed at the event to emphasise Germanâ€™s support to the Zambian agriculture sector.
â€œMade in Germanyâ€ will make a big impression at the annual Expo when 14 German providers of agri-machinery and livestock equipment will be part of the German pavilion â€“ this is almost double compared to last year.
DLG International GmbH head of communication Martin Botzian says, â€œWe are pleased to be part of the show for the third time. From the beginning of Agritech, two years ago, we have been part of this very well-organised show. Constantly, we are growing our participation from year to year. And this year we successfully convinced the German Ministry of Agriculture to launch an official German pavilion.â€
In a statement availed to the Daily Mail on Friday, Mr Botzian said the agriculture sector in Zambia is exciting for German companies that sell agri-machinery and livestock equipment because the country has a stable policy environment.
â€œFarmers are willing to invest. Zambia is a good place to grow crops and there is enough fresh water for irrigationâ€¦â€
â€œCattle also provide beef and dairy products for the population. Processing the raw crops has huge potential. The commercial farming in Zambia will generate enough surplus food to export to Zambiaâ€™s neighbours,â€ he said.
Last year, President Lungu officiated at the event where the German Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, Christian Schmidt, was among the dignitaries.
The â€œMade in Germanyâ€ products that will be on display at the German pavilion include animal housing installations, animal identification, silos, consultation, planning and building of dairy facilities, dung removal systems, cattle breeding and marketing, and crop protection.
Others are mixers and pumps, silage bags, slat flooring, poultry equipment, modern farming in Zambia, agricultural machinery such as feed mixers, maize choppers, agricultural films and nets as well as milking equipment.
The expo, which will be held at the GART Research Centre, is expected to attract about 15,000 farming professionals and agri experts.
Last year, the event drew over 11,700 visitors, 100-plus exhibitors and the media.
Agritech Expo is organised by Spintelligent, a Cape Town-based trade exhibition and conference organiser.
CYNTHIA MWALE, Lusaka