Expo to boost agri sector growth
Dubai, April 8, 2008
Modern farming methods aimed at boosting the agriculture sector growth are being showcased at the AGRAme exhibition which opened on Tuesday.
AGRAme is four closely-linked exhibitions under one roof showcasing the latest advances to improve agriculture and irrigation; animal husbandry and poultry farming; floriculture and horticulture; plus fisheries and aquaculture.
The three-day event will also discuss ways to help Gulf countries address the growing food security concerns by lessening their $10 billion dependency on imports.
World prices of many basic goods including rice, wheat, dairy and cooking oil are rising dramatically owing to crsisi due to the combination of crop shortages and rising global demand.
'The problem is of particular importance for this region which imports at least $10 billion worth of food products per year, putting pressure on both consumers and local economies,' said Jim Meltz, show director for Agra Middle East (AGRAme).
Modern technologies, equipment and expertise showcased at AGRAme are crucial in helping the region develop its agriculture sector and overcome climate, limited water resources and poor soil conditions, he pointed out.
One example is a revolutionary animal fodder production system which can produce low cost fresh fodder for over 100 cattle every day after only nine days which will be revealed for the first time at AGRAme.
'The Middle East is witnessing significant agricultural development but there is still a long way to go,' said Meltz.
'The Gulf countries rely on the rest of the world for 90 per cent of their food and feed requirements. Food prices in the UAE, for example, are estimated to have risen by 30 per cent last year and are expected to increase by as much as 40 per cent this year.'
This year’s event will feature over 150 exhibitors from more than 30 different countries.-TradeArabia News Service