Yesterday it was decided to postpone the international horticulture trade exhibition “HortiFlor Expo” scheduled for September 16-18. Following news of fears of fresh unrest in Zimbabwe, have forced organizers of the trade fair to reschedule the exhibition to next year. New dates have already been set for Tuesday, March 10 to Thursday, March 12, 2020.
The exhibition was almost ready to take off and although the economic situation was still not stable, prospects were looking good. However, the current evolving uncertainty has caused international exhibitors as well as visitors to cancel their planned trips to Zimbabwe, because one of the important reasons for holding the fair cannot be met, i.e. promoting Zimbabwean horticulture to foreign investors and buyers.
Organizers remain confident that Zimbabwe has a bright future in horticulture and very capable to recapture the place of being one of the top 3 exporting nations of Africa in vegetables, fruits and flowers. A position they had for decades in the past. The delay of 6 months until the 2nd edition of HortiFlor Expo will now take place, is, for this reason, a small set back only and must be looked at in the long run.