All roads lead to Masvingo Showgrounds for the annual event scheduled for the end of October according to Masvingo Provincial Agricultural Show Society.
Provincial show society chairperson Fadzai Jirivengwa confirmed dates for the three-day show that will run under the theme ‘Open for business to sustain economic stability and growth’ from October 28-31.
“I can confirm that government last week gave us the green light to hold the agricultural show which will be conducted under strict Covid-19 protocols adhering to World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines such as social distancing and proper wearing of masks,” Jirivengwa said.
She also said that they have approached the Ministry of Health and Child Care to provide them with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and the Red Cross Society in order to assist with vaccination process to willing exhibitors and those attending in order to minimise the spread of the deadly corona virus.
“We have submitted our letters to the Provincial Medical Doctor (PMD) so that they can help us with necessities like sanitizers, face masks, temperature guns and also the vaccination process,” she said.
Jirivengwa also added that there will be no residents to attend the agricultural show but anything can happen as the regulations might be relaxed before hosting the event.
“We will be following the health regulations at the time of hosting and the number of visitors will be determined by rules and regulations set but as for now we do not have a number on people to attend,” said Jirivengwa.
Pertaining to entertainment, the chairperson said that they are working on something although some of the events might be limited because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We will submit what we have come up with and select as some of the activities might be affected by the Covid-19 protocols. I think we will have dog displays, mock battle drills, the army band on the official opening date, horses, soccer and boxing, we expect Manyuchi to bout against a Chiredzi boxer and we are likely to have The Strong man,” advised Jirivengwa
The last agricultural show edition was held in 2019 and due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 cancelled.