AGFO Expo 2017 launched in style

If you have a mean machine you want to show off to farmers and foresters, or if you get a thrill from seeing big machinery in action, then the Agriculture and Forestry Expo (AGFO) 2017 is for you. It promises to have a wide variety of sector-specific exhibitors.

Held for the first time last year, AGFO filled a huge gap in the province. “It was the first of its kind and established itself at the preferred trade platform for the agriculture and forestry sectors,” says Joey Lascelles, Chairperson of the AGFO committee and CEO at United Forest Products.

AGFO 2017 was launched at a well-attended networking event held at the Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre in White River on 2 March.

Lascelles shared that great trade figures were reported after AGFO 2016.

“AGFO was conceptualised by a group of volunteers to ensure that there’s an efficient and effective trading platform for the agriculture and forestry industries in Mpumalanga. It’s an expo where like-minded people are able to gather, network and do business to ensure the growth of the economy in these sectors,” she says.

Besides launching AGFO 2017, which will take place at the Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre from 14 to 16 September, the organisers handed out trophies to the 2016 sponsors and expo stand prize winners.

The sponsors were Valley Macadamias (gold sponsor); Ezigro Seedlings and MTO Forestry (silver sponsors); and United Forest Products, Imvelo Forests and SILVIX Forestry (bronze sponsors).

Exhibitors who received awards were Malelane Garage Equipment, for the best stand in agricultural equipment; Rudamans, for the best stand in forestry equipment; Laeveld Trekkers, for the best stand in industrial equipment; and Enviro Chainsaws Nelspruit, for the ‘gees’ (spirit) award.

“Without the support of our sponsors and exhibitors, AGFO 2016 would not have been as successful as it was,” says Lascelles.

As part of its corporate social investment initiatives, AGFO presented a R5 000 cheque to Rotary White River. Lascelles also shared with those gathered at the launch that the Honorary Rangers had a free exhibition stand at AGFO 2016, valued at R6 000, and also received R8 500 raised at an expo auction.

AGFO 2017

The committee is already hard at work preparing for AGFO 2017, which has a host of new and exciting initiatives lined up.

“Our objectives for AGFO 2017 is to again ensure that we promote agriculture and forestry in the area, that it’s a successful trade platform for exhibitors, that we promote local businesses, and that we make use of local businesses and entertainment during the event,” said Lascelles.

Exciting events on the programme include a networking function, an agriculture and forestry forum, product demonstrations, various competitions, ‘boeresport’, fire-fighting demonstrations, and entertainment for children and adults including jumping castles and live music.

“AGFO 2017 not only promises a professional trade platform, but also a lot of fun for the whole family,” Lascelles confirmed.