Saturday, December 3, 2022

Expanded Ghanzi Agricultural Show poised for big day

The annual Ghanzi Agricultural Show will be hosted over the end of the month, with a record of exhibitors expected to grace the occasion.

It will run from June 26th to June 29th.

The reputable Agricultural Show will showcase business opportunities, services and products and, for the first time, will launch its own brand.

“The launch will be on the 27th June,” said Shane Kebadile, the Vice-Chairperson of the Show Committee, adding that it will, on the 29th, also feature horse racing, which comes back after decades of absence due to lack of sponsorship.

“The race will be sponsored by the Botswana Tourism Organisation,” said Kebadile. “Horses need some feed and it was becoming expensive for the owners, particularly the Thoroughbreds, which need some care and nurturing.” He added that the horse racing is divided into two categories: namely the Thoroughbred and the Tswana Breeds.

Thoroughbred racing will make up five races, ranging from 800m, 1.2km, 1.4km, 1.6km and 2.4 km race.
The Tswana Breeds will run the 800m and the 1000m races.

“Reputable horse riders such as Van der Merwe, Joseph Phillip and the Modisane family amongst others are expected to rule the roost,” Kebadile added.

Traders, corporate, government, parastatals, private institutions, including livestock owners, will be among the exhibitors.

“We expect more than 350 exhibitors from an array of different categories and an excess of 5,000 people from across Botswana and neighbouring countries, particularly Namibia,” Kebadile further stated.

The number is far larger than the usual 3, 000 ÔÇô 4, 000 the show has welcomed in previous sessions.

Exhibitors will win some prizes, including Debswana sponsorship for arable farmers, while the horse race competitors will stand to win trophies and cash.

To avert accommodation problems, as local hotels and guest houses are said to be already full, Kebadile said they decided to erect corporate camp sites at the Show grounds.

“There will be a security fence, water connections, ablution blocks and electricity,” he further said, adding that the temporary structure is expected to accommodate more than 60 people.

As part of ensuring safety and security along the roads, the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund will be conspicuous at the occasion, educating the public about road safety measures and awarding prizes to the deserving participants and audience.

Meat and Bush festivals will also be part of the event as will be Vee and A.T.I – popular local musicians.

Renowned for producing quality livestock animals, beef and a prospect for tourism destination, the Show will see Ghanzi buzzing with business activity as the Chief Executive Officer of BTO, Myra Sekgororwane, officially opens the event.

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