04 Mar 2022
Grain SA’s NAMPO Harvest Day, the biggest agricultural show in the Southern hemisphere, is after a two-year hiatus ready to present a showstopper outside Bothaville from 16-20 May 2022. Yes, for the first time in history – NAMPO will be presented over 5-days!
With ongoing uncertainty under the prevailing national state of disaster, Grain SA has at its annual Congress yesterday voted in favour of presenting the NAMPO Harvest Day in its original timeslot in May, with adherence to any national regulations which may be in place.
Agricultural producers and the public can once again experience first-hand what modern agriculture looks like. Regarded as the heartbeat of agriculture in South Africa, the 54th NAMPO Harvest Day offers a unique platform through which producers can expand knowledge and explore new technology and productivity solutions. Furthermore, NAMPO does not only present an opportunity for conversation and dialogue, but it also allows the public and other role players to experience commercial agriculture and food safety and security in action.
“The effects of not hosting a Harvest Day at NAMPO Park since 2019 had far reaching consequences not only for the organisation, but also for the surrounding towns. The local district, not yet recovered from excessive water damage in January, relies heavily on the economic and financial injection brought about by the Harvest Day” Grain SA Marketing, NAMPO & Research Lead, Dr Dirk Strydom said.
NAMPO exhibitors want to meet with producers and showcase their products again. In consultation with exhibitors more than 80% indicated the need to host the Harvest Day in May 2022 and concurred an extra day in the schedule can add much needed business opportunity, With close to 800 exhibitors, NAMPO is the platform to network with the agricultural industry’s top role players, strengthen friendships and relationships and enjoy what this unique show offers in a peaceful farming atmosphere. According to Danie Minnaar, chairman of the NAMPO Harvest Day, the best technology and knowledge for producers to farm sustainably can be found at NAMPO. “Even though agriculture remain under immense pressure, agriculturalists still have enough passion for farming to explore every aspect of agriculture that the Harvest Day has to offer in order to remain competitive and relevant,” he said.
The absence of NAMPO Harvest Day highlighted the critical role this platform plays to facilitate networking in the agricultural sector. “To host government representatives and stakeholders from the agricultural value chain provide opportunity for important and sometimes challenging conversations to take place, in an environment conducive to and aimed at promoting the sector locally and throughout the Sub-Saharan region”, Dr Pieter Taljaard, Grain SA CEO concluded.
Implementation will now start in all earnest and Grain SA is excited and geared to welcome back producers, Agri stakeholders, suppliers, other value chain players as well as the public to this agricultural showcase, offering a diversified exhibition with a variety of new technology, products, and services on one site. Details regarding ticket sales and show times will be communicated in due course.
Grain SA Communications