Exporters head to Zambia

Sithembile Pilime.

ZimTrade CEO Sithembile Pilime

THE country’s export trade promotion board, ZimTrade, says it will lead Zimbabwean exporters to participate at an Agritech Expo set for Zimbabwe in April.
ZimTrade has increased its projects aimed at raising awareness among Zimbabwean companies about export opportunities in several countries.
It has carried out market intelligence researches in countries that include Mozambique and South Sudan.
In its latest edition of the Zim Trading Post, a new letter that advises companies about ZimTrade’s activities, the organisation said the Zambian expo to be held in the town of Chisamba, will shoecase farm equipment, agricultural inputs, fish farming, agro processing and poultry production.
“International players from countries such as Germany, United Arab Emirates, United States of America and UK, will be participating at the Show. In 2015, about 12 000 agricultural business decision makers and over 110 exhibitors from 29 countries in Africa, America, Europe and Middle East participated at the expo. It is a business to business platform for agricultural professionals, small scale farmers and commercial enterprises. This year’s Expo will incorporate more interactive feature areas, a technical workshop for farmers and equipment demonstration. The new interactive features include, but are not limited to, crop trials, combine harvester arable farming trials as well as irrigation demonstrations,” said ZimTrade.
Zambia has emerged at Zimbabwe’s largest destination of exports, according to a report by the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries.
As such, focus has recently been increased to explore more opportunities, as the country fights to increase exports.
The trade deficit has increase as imports increase in the work of the strengthening United States dollar against most regional markets.
But even before the US dollar started appreciating last year, Zimbabwe’s exports had been affected by declining industrial production.

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