Nampo: where farmers go to be in the know

Grain SA’s annual Nampo Harvest Day (16-19 May 2023) offers an incomparable opportunity for all players in the agricultural value chain to network, learn about cutting-edge agriculture technology, and do business. This was according to Grain SA chairperson Derek Mathews.

Nampo: where farmers go to be in the know
Nampo creates a platform on which farmers, businesses and suppliers can engage, says Dr Dirk Strydom.
Photo: FW Archive
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Mathews told Farmer’s Weekly that business worth billions of rands was transacted every year during Nampo, one of the largest outdoor events of its kind in the world.

The very first Nampo Harvest Day, then called the Sampi Harvest Day, took place on 7 and 8 June 1967 on the farm Donkerhoek in the Bloemfontein district. Just 200 farmers attended this event.

“Nevertheless, the Harvest Day’s objective has stayed the same over the years: to bring together agricultural suppliers and producers,” Mathews explained.

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Dr Dirk Strydom, Grain SA’s Nampo, marketing and research development lead, said in a statement that Grain SA was determined to maintain Nampo as the agriculture sector’s most relevant platform and marketplace for innovation, technology, information exchange and discussion.

It had therefore paid close attention to expansions and improvements to the grounds in readiness for the 2023 Nampo Harvest Day.

“Nampo plays an important role in developing the agriculture sector by providing a successful environment for business and producers to interact and do business. It gathers all agricultural role players to present their products and services in production, machinery, food-processing, inputs, and related products and services.

“Nampo is also the place where farmers meet and the only trade show that brings together agricultural solutions for all types of farms and crops,” he said.

According to the Nampo website, tickets for the event were available from TicketPro with discounted entry fees for online purchases. Gates opened at 07:00 and closed at 17:00. Route directions as well as details of the private air strip appeared on the website and the Nampo app.



  • N12 Potchefstroom → Klerksdorp → R30 Bothaville/Nampo Park
  • From Kroonstad, take the R34 to Welkom +/- 15km → turn right R713 until R30 → turn right to Bothaville/Nampo Park
  • Paris R59 → Viljoenskroon → turn right at four-way stop → R76 to T junction → R30 left to Bothaville/Nampo Park


  • R59 Viljoenskroon → Bothaville
  • R76 Kroonstad → Viljoenskroon
  • Viljoenskroon → Vierfontein 
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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.