Katima Third Agricultural Show Opens


By Michael Liswaniso KATIMA MULILO Shortly after it flung its gates open on the first day, the Agricultural and Industrial Show in Katima Mulilo in Caprivi Region saw a record number of people going through its doors. The annual three-day show that runs until the weekend opened on a high note with the number of show-goers surpassing the mark recorded in 2005, said Mbeha Mbukusa, one of the coordinators. Though the gates opened to the public yesterday, the Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry Dr Nickey Iyambo is expected to officially open the show today. More than 100 local exhibitors have already confirmed their participation this year. As for foreign exhibitors, Mbukusa said exhibitors from as far as Ghana, Kenya, Botswana and Zambia are among those who booked stalls to showcase goods produced in their countries. “This year we went as far as Ghana and Kenya. We are also expecting the number of exhibitors to grow each day as you probably know that the last days especially of month-ends like these are always busy,” noted Mbukusa. It is also expected from the organisers’ side that this year’s number of show-goers will easily surpass the figure recorded last year because of the popularity that the show gains each year. Show organisers have promised a wide variety of entertainment for the general public and catering for both adults and children. Artists such as Kumu Style and Daniel Matengu are expected to perform today when the show holds its beauty pageant where Miss Show Grounds will be crowned from a bevy of beauties. “Entertainment wise, it is going to be exciting and more entertainment will come on the last day of the show,” said Mbukusa. Entrance fees for children will be N$3, adults will fork out N$5, while students travelling in groups should get a discount. Members of the police and a local security firm will keep an eye on troublemakers and they will ensure there is law and order. This is Katima Mulilo’s third Agricultural and Industrial Show since its official inception in the region in 2004.