By Alexis R. Milan, Staff Reporter
The dates for the annual National Agricultural and Trade Show (NATS) have been changed to the first, second and third of May, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Agriculture has announced.
The original dates were scheduled for the 24th, 25th and 26th of April but the Ministry changed it after considering the business community’s request for the show to be moved closer to a pay day so as to increase visitors’ purchasing power.
The theme of the show is “Stimulating Prosperity in Agriculture and Food Production through Renewed Public Private Partnership.”
Preparations are already being made for the upcoming show. Booths for the show will start being sold to concessionaires and food vendors on February 23rd.
Last year’s Agric Show drew over 26,000 to the show grounds over two days without any major incident of violence, as there was heavy police presence. Last year’s total visitors was an increase from the 18,000 that visited the year before.
According to the NATS Committee, at last year’s show only about 40 percent of all booths belonged to actual agricultural or agro-industrial businesses, while the rest belonged to a variety of service providers and product retailers.