Agric Expo returns to Ngami after 20 year hiatus
Ngamiland Trade Fair returns to Maun next month after a 20 year absence.
Dubbed Ngamiland International Trade Fair and Agricultural Expo, the event will take place on 30th July to 2nd August.
The Expo which is expected to attract between 150-200 exhibitors is the brainchild of Rarchet Scapes Investment PTY Ltd.
“The Ngamiland business community is waiting with bated breath for the return of the Trade Fair,” said the Cordinator Boyce Sekgoma.
Sekgoma told Voice Money that the absence of a trade fair for the last 20 years has disadvantaged the business community in Maun and surrounding areas.
“Ngamiland is leading in hospitality, arts and culture, agriculture and many other businesses ventures; but luck of an annual trade fair has denied these businesses exposure,” Sekgoma said.
Under the theme “Ngamiland for and beyond Wildlife based economy-Exploring new avenues” Sekgoma said they hope the return of the fair would awaken the entrepreneurship spirit in the entire Ngami region.
“We termed it an international Expo because the region is home to many international companies and we receive thousands of tourists every year,” he said.
“We have suffered years of foot and mouth and cattle lung diseases which saw most of our farmers reduced to paupers.
But the resilient Ngami farmers have managed to stay afloat and this gives them an opportunity to show the world what they have,” Sekgoma said.
He said though welcome, developments such as the building of Rural Administration Centre also contributed in the region’s inability to host the annual trade fair.
“The RAC if you remember was built on the old show ground. The ground was moved to another area but that also was taken by the new stadium,” said Segokgo.
With the Ministry of Agriculture as their technical partner Segokgo is confident that the show would live up to its billing.
“We intend to work with all the important stake holders. From HATAB, National Food Technology Research Centre (NFTRC) and the hospitality industry,” he said.
“We want to show the whole world the abundant business opportunities in Ngami,” said Sekgoma.