08 Jul 2013 07:50
GOBABIS, 08 JUL (NAMPA) - The second edition of the Omaheke Trade Fair, originally billed as a unification platform for all trade and agricultural shows in the region, will be held during the month of September, organisers have confirmed.
The second edition of the Omaheke Trade Fair will be held against a backdrop of challenges which had beset the maiden version of the trade fair, mainly in the logistic and financial aspects of the event.
The organisers of the trade fair, in a presentation to various stakeholders on Thursday, confirmed the challenges which the first edition of the showpiece had to deal with in 2012, but promised that the tables will be turned this time around.
Nampa has learned that the first edition of the event only managed to bring in a paltry N.dollars 54 710,85; while the event is said to have incurred expenses running into N.dollars 150 000 which is still not fully paid for.
The absence of a main sponsor for the event, ill marketing and branding and turning the Legare Sports Stadium into a trade fair ground proved problematic for the trade fair committee during the hosting of the 2012 edition of the event.
Pio Nganate, the special advisor to the Omaheke Regional Governor Festus Ueitele, said the organising committee has done enough to ensure that this year?s event becomes a success.
?We have convinced the Omaheke Regional Council to be our chief sponsor for the event. This is a big milestone for us as we are only hosting the second edition of the event.
We will also do our best this year to make sure that the appropriate infrastructure is in place before the hosting of the trade fair,? said Nganate, who also acts as the Chairperson of the Omaheke Trade Fair.
The Omaheke Trade Fair will however still be hosted without the support of the more established Gobabis Show Society (GSS), which pulled out of the trade event at the 11th hour last year.
Prominent livestock auctioneer Floris van Niekerk opted to go on his own, and host the annual Gobabis Agricultural Show under the auspices of the GSS.
The GSS cited irreconcilable differences, the apparent slow pace of progress on the side of the Omaheke Trade Fair, and a lack of funds to drive the initiative as grounds for its withdrawal.
It also emerged that many of the white commercial farmers in the region did not buy into the idea of the trade fair, but rather preferred the annual agricultural show hosted by the Gobabis Show Society, which they have been participating in since its inception close to 50 years ago.
Most of the farmers? cooperatives and farmers' unions however chose to support the Omaheke Trade Fair.
The Office of the Governor had stood by the initiative to host the first edition of the trade event - which it described as a success - during September last year.