The 60th edition of the Matabeleland South Agricultural Show has kicked off in Gwanda with the annual exhibition recording an increase in   participants as compared to last year.

Although the agricultural  show kicked off on a low note on Thursday (yesterday) with some exhibitors still putting final touches  to their stands, the event organisers say they are happy that the number of exhibitors has increased from 86 to 107 this year.

In an interview with the ZBC News, president of the Matabeleland South Agricultural Show, George Chipengo said  the success of the  2016 /2017 farming season  has also  seen commercial and  communal farmers showcasing quality agricultural produce while  livestock exhibitions and cattle sales that were suspended last year owing to an outbreak of foot and mouth have returned.

“We encourage exhibitors to use the show to promote their products and services to the locals while farmers should shared knowledge and skills to increase food production,” notes Mr Chipengo.

The show that has attracted exhibitors from all the seven districts is running under the theme, “Economic Transformation through Sustainable Innovations” will be officially opened tomorrow.

Prominent artist Madlela Sikhobokhobo known for his song Ngamnamka Usamamo among others will entertain people at this year’s show.

Meanwhile, the Chipinge Agricultural Show usually held ahead of the Harare Agricultural Show has kicked off in Chipinge town with most exhibitions showcasing their agricultural produce in the district.

The Chipinge Agricultural Show is known for quality agricultural crop produce.

Despite the low attendance characterising the first two days of the show, Chipinge Agricultural Show Society vice chairperson, Mr James Gabaza said he is happy with the quality of exhibitions but bemoaned the reluctance by Chipinge residence to take advantage of the platform to exhibit their products.

The Chipinge Agricultural Show is traditionally held just before the Harare Agricultural Show as the district select exhibitors to participate at the national event in the capital.