It’s show time in October
10:05 (GMT+2), Fri , 09 September 2016
Preparing the land. The field beyond the Casterbridge centre was a hive of activity last week when it was flattened and compacted to serve as expo terrain.

The Lowveld brings another phenomenal first to White River’s Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre with the launch of the Agricultural and Forestry Exhibition (Agfo) Expo, which is to be held from October 21 to 23. The organisers have been blown away by the interest and generous sponsorship which have made this event possible. Agfo Expo welcomes gold sponsor, Valley Macadamias, and silver sponsors, Ezigro Seedlings and the MTO Group. United Forest Products and Silvix Forestry are bronze sponors of the event while Absa Bank is the sponsor for the children’s art competition. There are still limited sponsorship opportunities available.

The action-packed three days of the Agfo expo kicks off with a glittering cocktail function on the evening of Thursday October 20 where participants and dignitaries will meet and network ahead of all the action. The opening of the expo takes place at 09:00 on October 21 with a dazzling display by the Lowveld and Escarpment Fire Protection Association (Lefpa) firefighters and a fly-past by the Lefpa bomber planes.

The main focus of the event is the AGForum, which kicks off at 10:00 on Friday in The Barnyard at Casterbridge. Entry to the AGForum is free, but admission must be booked and confirmed ahead of time. The remarkable line-up of speakers includes Ernst Janovsky, Absa chief economist, who will provide an outlook on the agricultural markets and Dr Roelof Botha who will provide an in depth look at the state of the nation. 

Alan Sutton from Valley Macadamias, will provide an outlook on the global nut market and, together with Rolf Pretorius, will lead the round-table discussion on sustainable agriculture. Farmers and foresters can tap into the vast knowledge and experience of John Scotcher on National Water Pricing & the Water Resources Strategy. Pierrie Cronje, senior partner at PWC, will talk about the sustainability of family businesses with Michael Peter from Forestry South Africa providing vital insights into the Forestry Industry. 

PWC is thanked for sponsoring Botha, and Absa bank for Janovsky and their sponsorship towards the refreshments at the AGForum. Magnificent family entertainment includes the Radio Kalahari Orkes on Friday night and former Bats band member and funny man, Mr Eddie Eckstein, on Saturday night. 

The MTO AGFO cycle race, sponsored by the MTO Group, takes place on Sunday and includes an easy 40km, a leisurely 19km and a quick 8km ride. 

Other activities include industry-related skill- and art competitions, food stalls, industry-related talks, children’s entertainment, meet the cartoonist and much, much more. Keep an eye on the press for details and where to buy tickets. Enquiries: 071-134-4197 or events@agfo.co.za.

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