Over 200 exhibitors are expected to grace this year’s Mombasa agricultural international show.
The international show is scheduled from 4th to 8th September at the Jomo Kenyatta grounds, Nyali, Mombasa.
The Agricultural Society of Kenya, Mombasa branch Chairperson Anisa Abdallah said the number is encouraging adding that this year’s show will be big and different.
Addressing journalists at the Mkomani grounds Anisa said preparations are in top gear as the exhibitors have less than a week to put all things together.
Anisa said all the exhibitors are working round the clock to ensure everything is ready for Kenyans who will be flocking the agricultural show.
“We expect over 150,000 people to attend the show since we have done adequate marketing and promotion,” noted Ms Abdallah.
She said the show will comprise of fishing competition and live fish in constructed ponds within the Mkomani grounds.
“Actually, the fishing competition is our show stopper, we have introduced this new category with an aim of educating our local fishermen on modern fishing methods,” she noted.
[Maize crops at the Mkomani showground. Photo/Ahmed Omar].
She said Wavuvi Kenya, an organisation dealing with fishing will impart right and adequate information on fishing, modern fish farming and value addition methods to fishermen in the region.
“We will also have a special dinner right within the Mkomani showground, this dinner will enable Kenyans sample all fish delicacies,” revealed Ms Abdallah.
She disclosed the ASK Mombasa branch has visited schools to ensure many pupils visit the one week agricultural show.
The Chairperson said both local and international exhibitors will enable pupils learn about various farming and livestock keeping methods.
The Ask show will be official opened by President Uhuru Kenyatta with this year’s theme being ‘Promoting Innovation and Technology in Agriculture and Trade’