High visitor numbers for Nampo 2022 after two-year absence

About 73 000 visitors attended Nampo Harvest Day 2022, held from 16 to 20 May, despite negative publicity about strict COVID-19 regulations, high fuel prices, and poor road conditions. This was according to Toit Wessels, Grain SA’s assistant manager for marketing and Nampo.

High visitor numbers for Nampo 2022 after two-year absence
Despite some challenges, the organisers of the event have reported that visitors have returned to Nampo Harvest Day 2022 in great numbers.
Photo: Bev Geldard
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“The large number of visitors and first-rate exhibitions again proved the value of [the event]. Although the final statistics about the extent of the business that was done will only be finalised in a month or two, exhibitors have indicated that business went extraordinarily well.

“After a two-year absence from the international agricultural calendar, Nampo Harvest Day, the biggest agricultural show in the Southern Hemisphere, made a mighty comeback indeed,” he said.

According to Derek Mathews, Grain SA’s chairperson, the event’s core objective was to create a platform for producers and suppliers to interact.

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This goal was attained extremely successfully this year, without any negative feedback at all, he said.

“It was also very heartening that the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Thoko Didiza, spent an entire day with us. This means that she recognises Nampo as a premier world-class agricultural event.

“A host of other policy-makers and decision-takers also attended Nampo, underpinning the importance of [the event]. Despite the earlier uncertainty about whether we would be able to present Nampo this year, the Grain SA team succeeded in organising an outstanding event,” Mathews added.

Pieter Taljaard, CEO of Grain SA, told Farmer’s Weekly on the first day of the event that he expected business to be good, and said the South African agriculture sector was “hungry for business”.

He subsequently ascribed the success of this year’s Nampo to, among other factors, good commodity prices and increased export opportunities for grains such as canola, soya bean and barley.

“Producers did not have an opportunity to evaluate and compare products at a central location during the past two years, and that, in my opinion, played an important role in the excellent business that was done this year,” Taljaard added.

Annelie Coleman represents Farmer’s Weekly in the Free State, North West and Northern Cape. Agriculture is in her blood. She grew up on a maize farm in the Wesselsbron district where her brother is still continuing with the family business. Annelie is passionate about the area she works in and calls it ‘God’s own country’. She’s particularly interested in beef cattle farming, especially with the indigenous African breeds. She’s an avid reader and owns a comprehensive collection of Africana covering hunting in colonial Africa, missionary history of same period, as well as Rhodesian literature.