This year’s edition of the Harare Agricultural Show will run concurrently with the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) general assembly hosting foreign visitors who are also expected to attend the country’s major agricultural showcase.
Indications are that this is not going down well with many who would want to attend both events.
Some have been suggesting that the agricultural show should be postponed to September to ensure the successful hosting of the UNWTO assembly but Zimbabwe Agricultural Society (ZAS) spokesperson, Heather Madombwe, said the organization is happy to have the two events running at the same time as they complement each other.
The Harare show begins this Friday while the UNWTO meeting begins Saturday in Victoria Falls. Zambia and Zimbabwe are co-hosting the international tourism showcase with meetings in Livingstone and Victoria Falls.
Madombwe said preparations for the show are at an advanced stage with participating farmers expected to have brought their produce for the exhibition by Wednesday.
Madombwe said foreign companies from seven countries have booked space to participate at the agricultural show.
He said popular sungura musicians Suluman and Naison Chimbetu and Jah Prayhzah are among the many musicians that will entertain showgoers during the 10-day exhibition.
Madombwe could not reveal who will officially open the 103rd
edition of the Harare show. The annual event is usually opened by a head of state.
Former Victoria Falls mayor Nkosilathi Jiyane, who was re-instated as chairman of the UNWTO Local Organizing Committee by Tourism Minister Walter Mzembi Monday, said his team toured the resort town Tuesday to ensure all contractors have completed their projects in preparation for the summit.
Jiyane said the team inspected venues of the general assembly which included the local airport, hotels, roads, street lights and other places.