Organised by Spintelligent, the outdoor farming expo Farm-Tech Expo Kenya is set to take place at Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation (KALRO) in Naivasha, Kenya, 12-13 September.
The event organisers are Spintelligent, the multi-award-winning Cape Town-based organiser of trade exhibitions and conferences across the continent. Other events by Spintelligent include African Utility Week, Future Energy East Africa, Future Energy Nigeria, Agritech Expo Zambia, Kenya Mining Forum, Nigeria Mining Week and DRC Mining Week. Spintelligent is part of the UK-based Clarion Events Group.
“...We can’t wait to show the agri sector in Kenya what we managed to achieve with Agritech Expo Zambia during the last five years” says Dominique de Lauwere, the event director of the inaugural Farm-Tech Expo Kenya outdoor farming expo.
Farm-Tech Expo Kenya will gather key stakeholders, retailers, agents, service providers from across the entire agri value chain and farmers from small to commercial scale into one arena to provide a unique outdoor and interactive buying platform for all agriculture professionals, from live crop trials and machinery demonstrations to free-to-attend training workshops.
“We will have the same winning combination of technology, learning and networking at Farm-Tech Expo Kenya - this has been the key to the success of Agritech Expo Zambia and helped it become a firm favourite on the regional agri calendar,” says de Lauwere.
Agritech Expo Zambia is one of its flagship events and has won several AAXO ROAR awards, including twice for Best Africa Bound Trade & Consumer Exhibition in the 12,000-plus sqm category.
In partnership with the Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) and GART, Agritech Expo Zambia has been a phenomenal success with consistent attendance of on average 18,000 visitors (farmers of all scales) per year, 270 local and international exhibitors including several country pavilions and 150 members of the media. Zambian President Edgar Lungu is a regular VIP guest at the event.
Many of the longstanding partners of the Zambian event have already signed up to be in Naivasha in September, including CASE, Toyota, John Deere, SAME, BASF, Chief Industries, Lindsay Africa, FarmCo, Mascor, Massey Ferguson, QBS, E.A.Seed, Trimble and Yara. The first country pavilion to be confirmed so far is from Poland, and China are busy concluding their country pavilion.
“Kenya is a regional hub for East Africa and is therefore strategically very important for the region,” says Ian Allen, general manager – Agri Mechanisation Department at CASE and Toyota Tsusho East Africa Ltd. (TTEA), gold sponsors at the inaugural Farm-Tech Expo Kenya.
“Food production is one of the major pillars identified, which the government will focus on in the next five years,” added Allen.
“We are inspired to be partners in developing agri mechanisation in the region in order to produce more food for a growing population. We need to improve yield and production from less available land through good mechanisation suited for our customers,” continued Allen.
Allen further noted: “a highlight for us in the last 12 months is the big breakthrough we made into the very competitive sugar belt sector. We also had continuous penetration into the high HP and harvesting sectors. We are also in the process of expanding our network to Nakuru which is located in the heart of the agricultural region in the country.”
At Farm-Tech Expo Kenya, Allen stated: “Case IH will have a wide range of equipment where customers can come and see and drive machines fitted with the latest technology suited for all types of farming including precision farming.”