The 2017 and 107th edition of the Manicaland Agricultural Show saw an increased number of exhibitors with local authorities and non-governmental organisations participating for the first time.

The five day show was a platform for various stakeholders among them farmers, manufacturers and non-governmental organisations to share notes on ways of improving their operations.

As the country gears for the next summer cropping season, a call has been made for government to resuscitate and establish new irrigation schemes as a drought mitigation measure.

Minister of State for Provincial Affairs Mashonaland East, Retired Brigadier General Ambrose Mutinhiri said there is need for timeous distribution of seed and chemicals to farmers.

The president of the Manicaland Agricultural Society Mr Robert Mutisi commended exhibitors for turning out in their numbers.

Tanganda Tea won the best permanent industrial stand, with ZRP winning the best government stand and Mutasa Rural District Council clinched the best rural district stand award.

Nyanga district got a scotch cart and a disc harrow after emerging the overall winner in the small scale farmer category.