The Agricultural and Commercial Society of Zambia (ACSZ) will spend
an estimated K3 billion to hold this year's agricultural and
commercial show in Lusaka.
The society spent K2.5 billion last year.
Society President Paul Mumbuluma said this year's income
through gate takings and other payments is estimated
to be K3.5 billion, compared to K2.7 billion last year.
The 83rd Agricultural and Commercial Show, which
will be held from the 30th July 2009, will end on 3rd August 2009.
He was speaking at a media luncheon organized by ACSZ in Lusaka today.
Mr. Mumbuluma disclosed that six private security firms have since
been engaged to provide security.
This will beef up the more than 120 Zambia Police Service officers.
He added that show goers are therefore assured of
law and order during the period of the show.
He said measures have also been put in place to ban
the consumption of intoxication liquor between
06:00 hours and 16:30 hours during the show period.
Mr. Mumbuluma however said exhibitors from thirteen foreign countries,
among them South Africa, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Ethiopia,
have so far confirmed participation in the show.
He said the demand for exhibition space has been overwhelming,
with more than 85 per cent of available space taken
by end of June this year.
He said the society expects a good turn out by the public
and trade exhibitors despite the global economic meltdown.
Mr. Mumbuluma said the composition of exhibitors was diverse,
representing a cross section of sectors that include
Non-Governmental Organizations, government departments and many others.
He said the society has maintained last year's K15,000 entry charges
this year for adults for each of the five days while
children under five will enter free of charge.
Mr. Mumbuluma said the society decided to make this year's show
a carnival by inviting the twice kora award winner
Democratic Republic of Congo musician,
Werrason Mere Wenge Musica and
dancing queens based in France.
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