About 128 businesses have registered to showcase their products and services at this year’s three-day National Agriculture Fair scheduled to commence today at the Trade Fair Grounds in Blantyre.
The fair, which has been organised by the Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MCCCI), brings together players in the agriculture supply chain across the country to showcase products and services.
According to MCCCI Head of Business Linkages and Events Linda Pete, the number represents a 3.2 percent increase compared to last year, when 124 businesses registered for exhibition.
Pete added that the businesses have already been assigned pavilions.
“We officially closed registration last week, Friday, but we have seen late timers still knocking and have so far been admitted as we would want to provide a platform for networking, business linkages to as many players within the agricultural value chain as possible,” she said.
The fair is held under the theme ‘Enhanced Agricultural Productivity for Industrialisation’ which the chamber said resonates well with aspirations in the country’s long-term development blueprint, the Malawi 2063.
“Agriculture remains the backbone of our economy; therefore, it must be paramount to encourage stakeholders in the sector to adopt productive approaches to production in order to realise increased output per unit of input,” Pete said.
One of the regular participants at the fair is the National Small and Medium Enterprises Association of Malawi (Nasme) which has membership across the country.
Nasme General Manager Frank Tauzi said SMEs are ready to make the most of the opportunity.
“We lack a platform to showcase and market our products. Therefore, this fair gives us the opportunity for that and, as always, our membership is ready for this year’s fair,” he said.
The National Agriculture Fair is an annual event and MCCCI has been organising it since 2003.
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