MAHA 2020 is a 4-day biennial event to be held from 26th November to 29th November 2020 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 four shows in 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018 and they were hugely popular expos with thousands of booths and millions of people attending. This year's event has been shortened from the usual 11 days to just 4 and is a little different due to Covid-19 restrictions. Pre-registration is required and no walk-ins will be permitted. See the organisers's Facebook page for details and updates.
This year's theme is Agriculture The Driver of Malaysian Economy.
Here is the latest information regarding MAHA 2020 according to the comments of Agriculture and Food Industries Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee at the end of August 2020.
The show will be scaled down this year in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
On average, MAHA used to attract about three million visitors to the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park (MAEPS) in Serdang, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the ministry is using a hybrid approach for the event comprising physical and online visitors.
The 11-day event had been shortened to only four days this coming Nov 26-29. Unlike previous events which were opened to the public, MAHA this year will be by invitation and restricted to 10,000 visitors a day.
To offset the shortfall in visitors, MAHA would be given an online presence and was expected to attract 100,000 visitors.
This year’s event would be focused more towards generating economic opportunities for participants. The theme for this year’s event is ‘Agriculture Driver of Malaysian Economy’.
This is because the agriculture sector recorded positive growth in the first quarter of this year despite other sectors suffering setbacks due to the movement control order (MCO). This shows that the agriculture sector remains resilient in whatever situation or crisis.
Details of the 2020 event are being finalised but the 2018 edition of the biennial event was 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 was much to interest the general public and here were some of the highlights of that year.
For the General Public:
For children there will be:
For Business Professionals in the Agro Sectors:
MAHA 2020 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.
On previous events 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 26th November until Sunday 29th November 2020.
The opening hours are from 10am to 10pm.