This year’s national Agriculture Fair will be held during the last week of September, organisers, the Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MCCCI), have said.
The four day-long exhibition, which will start on September 25, would be held under the theme ‘Agriculture Commercialisation; Basis for Agri-based Industrialisation’.
The fair would attract key stakeholders in the agriculture value chain.
MCCCI Head of Communications, Millie Kasunda, said on Wednesday that the chamber was engaging stakeholders on the fair.
Kasunda said the agricture fair was being organised to create a platform for finding solutions to some of the challenges facing the sector.
“The country still heavily depends on agriculture as the mainstay of the economy. It is, therefore, important to consider ways of growing the sector.
“The agriculture fair would, among other things, offer a chance to stakeholders to discuss best approaches to improving the sector’s share to the Gross Domestic Product,” Kasunda said.
She said the fair would also attract insurance firms and banks to brainstorm on best approaches of funding the sector and protecting farmers from negative effects of climate change.
Kasunda said small scale farmers would be given prominence to exhibit products and innovative ideas in a quest to change their socio-economic status and contributing to the sector’s growth.
“Primarily, the farmer is our focal point. Farmers would have to take part in understanding production processes, value addition requirement and special marketing skills.
“By coming together, we will find lasting solutions to challenges facing the local agriculture sector,” Kasunda said.