n Farmer’s Weekly - NAMPO 2016 harvest day preview

Volume 2016, Issue 16018
  • ISSN : 0041-848X



"The rain-soaked lands of Mr JD van Wyk, 18 miles [about 29km] from Bloemfontein on the Saltpan road, made an ideal proving ground for the tractors and implements demonstrated at a two-day mealie farmers' symposium organised by the South African Maize Producers' Institute (Sampi). The demonstrations were attended by more than 200 farmers from all the major maize producing areas in the Free State and Western Transvaal." So reported The Friend newspaper on 9 June 1967. This was the humble beginning of one of the world's leading agricultural exhibitions. The number of visitors increased from the 200 in 1967 to 50 400 in 2000, and 68 900 in 2010. The number of visitors have now stabilised at about 70 000 annually.

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