The NAMPO Harvest Day took place from 12 to 15 May 2009 just outside Bothaville in the Free State. The show was massive and the wares of a vast number of companies were on display. RICHARD MACASKILL took a trip to the show to see what it was all about.
The NAMPO Harvest Day, perhaps a bit of a misnomer, is an annual four-day show based thoroughly in and around the agricultural sector. Consequently, NAMPO Park, situated outside Bothaville, is an ideal location being in the Free State, the farming ‘Mecca’ of South Africa. Once a year, from a Tuesday to a Friday, the entire farming and agricultural industry focuses on this park and the events taking place within.
The NAMPO Harvest Day is organised by Grain South Africa and is a unique opportunity for manufacturers, producers, distributors and farmers alike to create partnerships to further their businesses in the agricultural industry.
The first NAMPO Harvest Day took place in 1967 and was attended by just 200 farmers. The show grew steadily and in 1974 needed its own, permanent home – this home came in the form of NAMPO Park. The 1974 Harvest Day attracted 32 exhibitors on a space of eight ha and the practical demonstration area was 30 ha. The show has grown exponentially since then and now attracts over 600 exhibitors covering an area of 24 ha, while demonstrations cover 80 ha. NAMPO also now draws in more than 60 000 visitors.