Good weather set to attract many visitors to Nampo

South Africa’s biggest and most popular agricultural show is set to deliver on all fronts this year as the weather plays its part to ease access. Nampo kicks off on Tuesday, 14 May in Bothaville, Free State, ending on Friday, 17 May.

Good weather set to attract many visitors to Nampo
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Dirk Strydom, marketing lead at Nampo, said weather conditions were a big determinant of the amount of people that attended Nampo, and this year looked to be a hit.

Visitors can expect typical Free State conditions for this time of year: chilly mornings and evenings, with hot afternoons. The only exception is Tuesday, when light thunder showers are expected.

Climatologist Johan van den Berg noted that the abnormally high temperatures reaching into the mid-30°Cs over the past two weeks were expected to decline by Monday, with Tuesday’s showers ushering in cooler temperatures of around 24°C to 27°C for the daytime.

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Since early mornings and evenings are expected to plummet to around 4°C to 9°C, visitors are advised to dress in layers that will be easy to remove and carry around as they traverse the terrain. A top tip from Nampo regulars is to bring a comfortable backpack that can hold a beanie, sun hat and a warm jacket to keep you acclimatised and ready to make the best of your experience.

Exhibitors will be kept happy with a constant light breeze, picking up speed in the afternoons to around 25km/h, keeping banners and flags waving and attracting visitors to their stands.

Strydom said that around 900 exhibits will be present this year. He advised visitors to download the Nampo app on their smartphones, plan their routes to touch base at all their chosen highlights, and let Google Maps guide them through the terrain.

If the weather happens to catch you off guard, the app is sure to guide you to the closest outlet for a hot coffee or cool refreshment to get you back on your feet.

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Lindi Botha is an agricultural journalist and communications specialist based in Nelspruit, South Africa. She has spent over a decade reporting on food production and has a special interest in research, new innovations and technology that aid farmers in increasing their margins, while reducing their environmental footprint. She has garnered numerous awards during her career, including The International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) Star Prize in 2019, the IFAJ-Alltech International Award for Leadership in Agricultural Journalism in 2020, and several South African awards for her writing.