MAHA 2018 – Malaysia’s Leading Agricultural Show
MAHA 2018 is an 11-day biennial event which will be held from 22nd November to 2nd December 2018 in Serdang, on the northern edge of Putrajaya.
MAHA stands for Malaysia Agriculture, Horticulture & Agrotourism and it is the leading agricultural show of its kind in Malaysia and indeed in the region.
I attended the last three shows in 2012, 2014 and 2016 and they were hugely popular expos with thousands of booths and millions of people attending (though the weather last time around was not great!)
This year’s theme is Our Food Our Future and will highlight the issue of food security and sovereignty.
What is Included in MAHA 2018?
The 2018 edition of the biennial event is a serious occasion on the agro-business sector’s calendar and its primary objective is to generate business for the agricultural sector. Having said that there is much to interest the general public and here are some of the highlights this year.
For the General Public:
- Each country and state participating will showcase their own products in purpose built pavilions.
- The agro bazaar is a chance for families to purchase fresh produce and unusual agro-products, handicrafts and other items which are not widely found elsewhere.
- Agro-tourism locations such as farm visits, organic farm shops, homestays and so on will be promoting themselves.
- Cultural Performances.
- Livestock, animal and fish displays.
- Plenty of traditional Malaysian food.
- Well-being section.
For children there will be:
- Horse carriage rides.
- Pet Shows.
- Paddle boats.
- Live animals.
- Other kid’s activities and attractions.
For Business Professionals in the Agro Sectors:
- Farmers, Livestock Producers and Fishermen’s Day programmes.
- Agro-Bio Products.
- Forestry Products.
- Halal Products.
- Organic Products.
- Seaweed Products.
- Seeds and Fertilisers,
MAHA 2018 is held at MAEPS (Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang), Selangor which is located just to the north of Putrajaya and is accessed via the E26 Expressway.
As you can imagine with an expected 3 million visitors over the 11 days, the car park will become very congested. If you want to beat the crowds I would suggest arriving early (before noon).
MAEPS covers a 100 hectare site and is the largest and most comprehensive showground in Asia. Put on your comfortable shoes as a lot of walking is required to cover the full show. Transport is available to ferry visitors around the site but you might have to queue up.
The show runs from Thursday 22nd November until Sunday 2nd December 2018.
The first two days are usually for trade participants only. The show for the general public therefore starts on the third day.
The opening hours are from 10am to 10pm.
For more details of the 2018 event please see the facebook page of the organizers.
*This article was originally posted at malaysia-traveller blog