The livestock section is back in full force at the show

Preparations for the 61st edition of the Matabeleland South Agricultural Show are at an advanced stage amid revelations that exhibitors have occupied all available stands.

Over 80 exhibitors are expected to participate at this year’s event.

Briefing the media this Wednesday (today), President of the Matabeleland South Agricultural Show Mr George Chipengo said while the number of exhibitors has continued to grow over the years, the organisation is excited about the participation of stock exchange listed companies at this year’s show.

 Mr Chipengo said this is a show of confidence in the exhibition.

“Stands uptake is now at 100 percent but there is still more space for exhibitors who wish to pitch up tents. The response is really overwhelming, all districts in the province have confirmed their attendance. Traditional exhibitors are coming, there are also new exhibitors that we are really excited about,” said Mr Chipengo.

Unlike last year where an outbreak of foot and mouth disease contributed to a low turnout in the livestock section, the situation will be different this time around as more communal and commercial farmers have expressed interest in showcasing their quality breeds.

“Animals this time are not being restricted unlike last year where we were saying all livestock are for direct slaughter. But now farmers can exhibit and take their animals back as long as they are coming from green zones,” said Mr Zondai.

The agriculture show which will run under the theme: ‘Sustainable Development through Agriculture’ will be officially opened by the Acting Managing Director of PPC Zimbabwe Mr Marvelous Sibanda on Saturday.