1453: That brings to an end our live updates. Thank you for joining us!
1450: The President is now handing over prizes to the best exhibitors.
President Mnangagwa handing over prizes
1448: He thanks the ZAS for successfully organising the agricultural show as he declares this year’s show officially opened.
1443: The President challenges the ZAS to introduce agribusiness conferences to promote agriculture.
1442: He reaffirms his government’s commitment to continue supporting the agriculture sector through the Command Agriculture and the Presidential Inputs Scheme adding the programmes are not election gimmicks but are there to enhance food security, mechanisation and modernisation of agriculture.
1440: He says it is an opportunity for partnerships between the government and the private sector adding that climate change is a challenge and urges farmers to fully utilise the water sources in the country and exercise irrigation farming all year round.
1439: The President says the Command Agriculture and the Presidential Inputs Scheme should inspire the nation to increase production. I exhort stakeholders to enhance our research competencies to improve all sub sectors in the agriculture sector.
1438: He says there’s need to adopt modern farming technologies in order to grow the economy and ensure the country is self food sufficient.
1437: The President says the theme of this year’s show, “Field to Industry: Produce, Connect and Develop” is in line with his administration’s industrialisation agenda.
1436: He says agriculture is the heart of the country’s economy and an integral part of the future.
1435: The President is now on the podium.
1429: Plans are underway to construct a shopping mall, service station and and a Convention Centre to improve atmosphere for show goers. However, the show is to be rebranded from Harare Agricultural Show to Zimbabwe Agricultural Show to reflect its national character.
1428: The ZAS boss says the show offers businesses opportunities for brand promotion and networking adding that 250 000 people are expected to attend this year’s show, up from last year’s 186 000.
1426: He says this year’s show has 575 exhibitors and 124 of them are new exhibitors, saying the figures are a 14.3 percent increase from last year’s exhibitors.
1425: He starts by congratulating President Mnangagwa on his election as the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe and thanking him for accepting the invite to become the ZAS patron.
1420: The president of the Zimbabwe Agricultural Society Mr Ngoni Kudenga is now giving his welcome remarks.
1357: The National Anthem is now being sung again.
1347: President Mnangagwa now inspecting the Guard of Honour.
1345: Official proceedings begin with the singing of the National Anthem.
1344: President Emmerson Mnangagwa arrives here at the exhibition park for the official opening of the 108th edition of the Harare Agricultural Show.
President inspecting the Guard of Honour