Exhibitors in slow start

Elita Chikwati and Nyemudzai Kakore
The 105th edition of the Harare Agricultural Show started yesterday with low activity which has become synonymous with the first day of the premier show.

For the past years, it has been the norm that some exhibitors finalise their preparations on the first day of the show.

Most exhibitors were putting finishing touches to their stands.

There were few people at the Exhibition Park and most of them were parents who brought their children to avoid pressure.

Mrs Pamela Meya of Kuwadzana said the first day of the show was more peaceful and ideal for families.

“There is no congestion, the streets are clear and I have enough time to visit the stands without problems,” she said.

“My son had ample time to play at the amusement park.”

Some of the popular stands were those of the Zimbabwe National Army, the Zimbabwe Republic Police and the livestock section which had cattle, pigs, goats and rabbits.

This year’s show is running under the theme, “Enhancing Agricultural Productivity — Managing Climate Change”.

An Agri-business Indaba is expected to be held tomorrow and Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa will lead in a number of presentations.

ZAS public relations officer Ms Heather Madombwe said they will work with the police to ensure there is enough security.

The show will be officially opened on Friday by a guest of honour to be announced in due course.