26 Aug 2013 10:00
GOBABIS, 26 AUG (NAMPA) - The annual Gobabis Agricultural Show will go ahead on its own and will not form part of the Omaheke Trade Fair, Gobabis Show Society Chairperson Floris van Niekerk has said.
The event will take place from 23 to 25 September this year.
Van Niekerk told Nampa on Friday the annual event will not merge with the Omaheke Trade Fair, which was originally billed as a unification platform for all trade and agricultural shows in the region.
The Omaheke Trade Fair was initiated by the former Governor of the Omaheke Region, Laura McLeod-Katjirua, and was held for the first time in 2012.
The Gobabis Show Society pulled out of the trade event at the eleventh hour last year citing 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, however, stood by the initiative to host the first edition of the trade event - which it described as a success - during September last year.
The second edition of the Omaheke Trade Fair will also take place during September.
The Gobabis Agricultural Show promises to be much bigger and better this year, with more animals expected to be showcased at the annual event.
According to Van Niekerk, all preparations have been done to ensure that the show lives up to its image of being a centre of attraction for many cattle and small stock lovers in the region.
We are ready to host the show. Our dates for our shows are set in consultation with other regional shows, that is why it is difficult to merge with the Omaheke Trade Fair as we do not follow the same show programme, he indicated.
Last year, more than 2 500 people attended the show. At least 50 stands were then erected outside, while about 30 exhibitors took up the space in the various halls.
There were at least 300 heads of livestock, including small stock. Farmers from as far as Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region formed part of last years show.