Agriculture and Commecial Society of Zambia (ACSZ) President Murray Anderson says more than 20 foreign exhibitors will participate in this year’s show. Agriculture and Commecial Society of Zambia (ACSZ) President Murray Anderson says more than 20 foreign exhibitors will participate in this year's show.
Mr Anderson said the 89th Agriculture and Commercial will be held from 29 th July to 3rd August 2015 under the theme Innovation beyond the golden jubilee.
He explained that the show will be officially opened on 1st August by the guest of honour, Malawian republican president Professor Arthur Petter Mutharika adding that judging of pavilions will run for two days.
He revealed that a K 6.4 million has been spent on this year's show preparations, projecting an increase of 34 percent compared to last year's budget.
“We expect good participation from foreign exhibitors. So far, we have received confirmation of attendance from 20 countries. Among them is Egypt, India, Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Chaina, Pakistan, Japan, Germany and Ghana,” he said.
He said the number of countries participating clearly indicates the important role the commercial show has played in the development of the country especially with the innovations after Zambia celebrated the golden jubilee last year.
He said the society expects an increased turnout of local exhibitors as is indicated by the number of confirmations received so far.
Mr Anderson said the society has invested money in sporting activities such as junior rugby, football, netball and horse riding.
“It is gratifying to note that the Zambian boxing association will use the boxing tournament organised by the ACSZ to select boxers to represent Zambia at zone six games,” he said.
Mr. Anderson said there will be entertainment provided by Congolese musicians such as Guy Guy, Fally Ipupa, Mbuta Likasu and will be complimented by 13 popular local artist.
Meanwhile, ACSZ Vice President Ben Shoka told the Lusaka Star that this year’s show will aim at encouraging small scale famers to venture into high value crops farming and not only focus on maize vegetables.
Mr. Shoka added that small scale farmers will also be educated on fish farming.