BY LUBALETHU NDLOVU
The City of Bulawayo is exhibiting at the Zimbabwe Agricultural Show (ZAS) in Harare for the first time since its establishment to market some of its strategic business units.
The annual show, which has been rebranded from the Harare Agricultural Show to the Zimbabwe Agricultural runs from the 19th to the 24th of August under the theme, “leading in transformative and innovative agricultural governance”.
“We are marketing our Strategic Business Units (SBU), tourism and some of the viable companies operating in the city,” said the City Economic development officer Kholisani Moyo.
The local authority is marketing some of its SBUs such as the Caravan Park, Parks Nursery, Aisleby and Good Hope farms.
“We are also marketing other products from companies that support agriculture like Millenium Footwear, Nnino Ceramics, Soko Leather Craft and Ingwebu,” said Moyo.
Aisleby and Good Hope are involved in the production of cereal crops and livestock production respectively.
Bulawayo’s Urban Agricultural Policy along with the city’s vision of being a leading smart transformative city by the year 2024 mobilizes the residents to appreciate urban agriculture and engage in it.
Part of the city’s vision is to see a vibrant and diversified urban agriculture with both commercial and subsistence sectors dealing in crop and livestock production in all wards of the city.
The City is aiming to make an impact on poverty alleviation as well as creating employment and providing for the poor families from the surpluses generated.
The Zimbabwe Agricultural Show was established in 1910 and it was previously known as the Harare Agricultural Show is the country’s biggest agricultural business exhibition which runs every year, the Show is run and administered by the Zimbabwe Agricultural Society (ZAS).