The National Agriculture and Trade Show (NATS) will be making a return in May after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement was made earlier in the week after the NATS committee deemed it was time for the show to make a return. Minister of Agriculture Jose Mai says that local farmers are excited to show off the work they have been putting in over the past year.
Jose Abelardo Mai, Minister of Agriculture, Food Security, & Enterprise: “I think that we have come a long way in the agriculture sector. A lot has been going on. A lot is being done and I think that we need to showcase what is being done. The farmers will show what they have been doing and the Ministry of Agriculture, the staff is excited to show how much progress we’ve done in this sector. The committee, right now, is working day and night. I think the showgrounds is looking a lot better right now. For two years it’s been abandoned because we didn’t have a show. But right now we’re giving it a face lift and we’re preparing for the show and the response is overwhelming. We have very good response from the general public. The businesses, the agro-productive sector, they want to get involved. We have people from abroad who have contacted us and want to get involved and want to be here also for the show. Right now we don’t have much keepbacks. We are relaxed and we are having people bringing in their livestock, their crops. We’re going to have a rodeo show. We’re going to have everything that we usually have for the National Agriculture and Trade show. So we don’t have much of a problem right now. The people are eager to participate.”
The event will be held on May 27, 28, and 29 under the theme, “Innovations in technology: Driving a Climate Resilient and Competitive Agriculture and Food Sector”.