Blantyre — Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MCCCI) said it is overwhelmed with the participants' turnout in the forthcoming 11th National Agriculture Fair which will start from 28 to 30 August, 2014 at the Chichiri Trade Fair Grounds in Blantyre.
According to MCCCI's Manager for Public-Private Dialogue (PPD), Hope Chavula, the fair has so far registered over 65 participants including exhibitors throughout the whole value chain from research, input suppliers and producers (including farmer organizations), processors and buyers of agriculture produce and service providers.
"We can proudly say that we are delighted with the response we are getting from the public and we are hoping that by the 26 August, 2014 we will have more exhibitors.
"Currently, we have the whole Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development coming in as a participant as well as some organisations and companies such as CFAO, FEEDCO, ARET and many more will also be there to exhibit their machineries," said Chavula during a press briefing at Chichiri Conference Centre.
Chavula said the fair would act as a forum for the stakeholders to share experiences and expertise on agricultural activities in order to promote linkages generated from the value chain combination among players whereby they would discuss and conclude business deals resulting in improved performance of the sector.
"Due to increasing activities by small scale farmers, the fair is also meant to expose individual farmers and farmer groups to new developments in technologies, markets, and financial arrangements, and other services," explained Chavula.
The theme of this year's fair is "Agriculture: A basis for achieving inclusive growth in Malawi".