Updates by: Wadzanai Mhombera
Live feeds and photography by: Takawira Dururu and Janet Munyaka
1547: It is now time for the presentation of prizes to best exhibition stands by the guest of honour President Mugabe. We end our live updates here.
1543: “With that may I now declare the 107th Harare Agricultural Show officially opened,” said President Mugabe as he ended his speech.
1542. He commended the mining sector for being well-represented at the agric show and urged more companies to take advantage of the agric show and interact for economic development.
1540: He urged input suppliers to work closely with farmers to ensure increased yields. The president also implored banks to lower interest rates and provide capital to the agricultural sector…..”Please banks listen to my call…”
1537: President Mugabe called for the improvement of the livestock aspect of the agricultural sector. Besides the success of the Command Agriculture, President Mugabe noted the increased cotton support thanks to increased government support and other well-wishers. Called for more to be done with regards to small grains and horticulture.
1537: He commended the increased quality of exhibitions and increased exhibitors and the anticipated 250 000 people expected to pass through the show gates this year.
1534: President Mugabe thanked all stakeholders for a successful agricultural show and called for increased collaboration to enhance and sustain agricultural production.
1527: President Mugabe invited to give his keynote address and officially open the show and later present prizes to this year’s winners.
1519: ZAS president Mr Ngoni Kudenga gives his welcoming remarks.
1510: The parade is granted the permission of march off the arena.
1503: National Anthem after inspection of the guard of honour
1459: President Mugabe proceeds to inspect the guard of honour.
1455: National Anthem
1453: President Mugabe arrives at Glamis Arena for the official opening to signal the commencement of the official programme.
1430: Service chiefs have arrived for the official opening.
1413: President Robert Mugabe is scheduled to officially open the Harare Agricultural Show this afternoon. We will keep you updated.
1400: ZBC TV is now live at the Harare Agricultural Show where the official opening programme will be commencing anytime from now. Tune to ZBC TV for the live coverage.. We are also on Facebook Live @zimbabwebroadcastingcorporation
1137: The First Lady Amai Dr Grace Mugabe is touring exhibition stands at 2017 Harare Agricultural Show. She is accompanied by the Minister of State for Harare province Cde Miriam Chikukwa.
1126: Air Force of Zimbabwe official explaining to the public how to operate some of the artillery displayed at their stand.
1125: Child gets the feel of the bike at the ZRP exhibition stand.
1123: Workers preparing for the official opening of the Harare Agric Show.