Agric show starts on low note

The 102nd edition of the Harare Agricultural Show started on a low note with most exhibitors revealing that they had very few visitors at their stands.

The show, an annual event held at the exhibition park in Harare, started yesterday and is set to end on August 31.

ZAS Public Relations Manager, Heather Madombwe, confirmed the poor attendance and said this has been the trend for the past decade.

“We had the same number that we had on the first day last year.This has been the trend for the past decade where we see very few people coming to the show on the first day, but the numbers gradually increase as the show progresses,” said Madombwe.

Last year, around 2, 000 people visited the country’s biggest annual agricultural event on the first day.

Solomon Zawe, an exhibitor showcasing his cattle, said most people prefer coming to the show on the second day because exhibitors usually spend the first day finalising the outlook of their stands.

“Some of the exhibitors have not yet finished bringing their products to the show but by tomorrow, everyone would be settled and the attendance normally increases,” he said.

Vendors also complained of low business and said they were optimistic of increased turn out and brisk business on the second day on-wards.

“It was quiet throughout the day and I have not even sold a third of my usual ice- cream allocation,” said a Lyons Maid vendor. She said compared to last year, this year’s turnout had declined.

Several parents who spoke to The Zimbabwean said they visited the show on the first day because it was the least busy.

Doreen Mwatunge from Dzivarasekwa said: “I brought my children on the first day because I feared for their safety. Remember that children stray at the show and I came today because I knew that very few people would come on the first day. My children are safe when there are a few people attending the show,” she said.

Show goers were treated to acts from drum majorettes, the Zimbabwe Republic Police, various displays and music.

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