Rainfall hampers Kavango Trade Fair

RUNDU: The annual Kavango Trade Fair and Agricultural Show might in future be shifted to the middle of the year to avoid proceedings being hampered by rain.

The 13th edition of the event was held at Rundu from 04 to 09 November, with over 250 exhibitors participating, compared to 130 last year.

It was staged at the Kavango Trade Centre, a multi-million-dollar complex constructed by the Ministry of Trade and Industry to host trade fairs in the region.

The building was opened earlier this year.

The promoter of the Kavango Trade Fair, Peter Immanuel told Nampa on Wednesday that some entertainment events could not take place due to the rain.

The organising committee apparently spent about N.dollars 150 000 on six local artists as well as a musician from Botswana named ‘Slyzer’ to perform on Saturday, but these performances were interrupted by rain.

Some stalls were also affected by rain.

Immanuel said the organising committee further plans to accommodate more exhibitors in future because some people sneaked into the fair venue and conducted business without having been registered to do so.

Another hiccup experienced was the erratic electricity supply at the venue – it went off at times – and this was due to too many exhibitors using electricity at their stalls.

The turnout of visitors at the fair was ‘overwhelming’, a situation which resulted in some people cutting the venue’s fence open to gain entry, Immanuel said.

All 20 000 entry tickets which were printed, were sold- out.

The six-day trade fair was held under the theme “Promoting Regional Development for Sustainable and Economic Transformation”.

It comprised of business presentations and livestock auctioning.

Several goods, arts and crafts as well as services offered by corporate companies and government institutions were displayed at the event.

This year’s fair was unique as several awards were dished out to exhibitors, coupled with the Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) five-kilometre road race, in which 300 runners took part.

The winners in the different categories were rewarded with medals, T-shirts and other prizes.

The main sponsor of this year’s trade fair was Standard Bank Namibia with N.dollars 70 000.