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Thursday, 27 April 2017 00:00

All roads will be leading to the Agricultural Show grounds near Roaring Creek Village in the Cayo District this coming Friday and weekend. Belize’s largest show is now in full preparatory stage and about to bring endless joy to many across the Country.

The National Agriculture and Trade Show (NATS) Committee under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development has once again announced the dates for the NATS 2017 as the 28th, 29th, and 30th of April. The event will be celebrated under the theme “Let’s Get Growing.”

Chairman of the NATS Committee Gary Ramirez says that the show promises to attract large crowds and bring family and friends together.

“When you come to the show grounds you will run into a few long lost friends,” he says.

At the agricultural show grounds itself, suitably located at the entrance to Belmopan, there has been significant improvements to the grounds. There are now new public restrooms, which during the show, will have assistants on standby. There is also a new market facility on the show grounds, which will now be a weekend market for Belmopan thanks to funding from the United Nations Development Program and other donor organizations. As in previous years, there will be zoning on the show grounds such as for electronics, mechanical rides and foods.

As a reminder, the agricultural show starts at the agricultural show grounds at 12:00 pm this Friday. Official ceremonies have been scheduled to start on the main  stage on Friday at 3:00 pm where the three farmers of the year will be sashed. Male Farmer of the Year, Gary Canto; Female Farmer of the Year, Ms. Mirva Flowers and Junior Farmer of the Year Santiago Gutierrez will also be awarded at 10:00 am on Saturday.

Organizers of NATS are aiming for 43,000 visitors this year having welcomed 39,000 visitors last year. But it has not always been just about a show of numbers as each visitor is special; bringing with them a new boost to the agricultural show. As explained by Gary Ramirez, the profits made at the show goes back to the improvements of the show grounds itself.

As a starter, NATS now has its headquarters at the show grounds. Those who want to be a part of the show can now visit the NATS office there rather than going to the Ministry of Agriculture in Belmopan.

“The Ministry of Agriculture’s new office and new headquarters will also be on the show grounds in a very short time,” adds Gary Ramirez.