Tanzania Gears Up for Agritech Expo

The Tanzania Horticultural Association (TAHA), the Agriculture Council of Tanzania (TARI) and the Selian Agricultural Research Institute (SARI) will host the inaugural Agritech Expo Tanzania on 26th and 27th January 2017 in the country’s agriculture hub of Arusha.

The event will gather farmers from commercial to emerging and small scale as well as key officials from regional governments; agro associations; non-governmental organizations (NGOs); aid, development and research agencies; agro dealers; traders and retailers; suppliers; consultants and technical experts.

Venture capitalists, investors and bankers are also part of the over two thousand participants expected at the first outdoor, business-to-business (B2B)farming expo of its kind in Tanzania.

Though 75 per cent of Tanzania’s population relies on agriculture for its livelihood, more than six million are live in abject poverty and the sector’s contribution to the GDP is not increasing at the desired pace.

The expo aims to equip stakeholders in the entire agriculture value chain with the necessary knowledge, skills and opportunities to uplift the sector to benefit the population, country and region as a whole.

“We have an extensive offering, from demonstrations of the latest, innovative technology and farm equipment to crop trials, free interactive training and farmer workshops to professional consultations and loads of networking opportunities. The event promises to be a game changer for the agri sector in Tanzania,” event director Yoland dos Santos said.

It will also offer free interactive training workshops to enable farmers make informed decisions on new products and agriculture supplies by comparing them side by side in one location.

The expo which will be held at the Selian Agricultural Research Institute is sponsored by global leader in farming equipment manufacture John Deere and its distributor in Tanzania LonAgro Tanzania Limited.

Agritech Expo Tanzania is organized by Spintelligent, a Cape Town-based trade exhibition and conference organiser which is part of the Clarion Events Group in the UK.

Agritech Expo was first launched in Zambia in conjunction with the Zambian National Farmers’ Union in 2014 establishing a leading B2B annual trade expo in Zambia which is now in its fourth edition.

Source: Footprint to Africa

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