Exhibitors increase fourfold as Mombasa ASK show kickoffs

Exhibotors at the ASK showground PHOTO DENNIS MWANGI

The Mombasa ASK show set to kick off from 29th to 2nd September has attracted four times the number of exhibitors in previous shows.

This is according to the Mombasa Agricultural Society of Kenya chairperson Anisa Abdala.

Last year, the show attracted few participants something the management attributed to the August general election.

However, some exhibitors said have put in place measures to attract more people into their stands.

“We have special programmes and events that we expect will attract more people to the show. We are not only targeting schools, but also the general public,” explained Engineer Evans Kariuki one of the exhibitors.

The Mombasa agriculture show having been first established in 1903 was elevated to international status in 2002 by retired president Daniel Moi and is set to take place at Mkomani show grounds Nyali constituency.

Local vendors and exhibitors had by Tuesday set up their tents despite some concern that gate charges are high which they feel can affect them directly.

“We hope the best out of this show to push our sales the only challenge being the high entrance charges which we feel might affect turn up affecting our businesses directly,” explains Abdalla Rahim an ice cream vendor.

The entrance fee is sh300 for adults, sh250 for children and sh1300 per person for trade attendants for 5 days.