AGRA Middle East opens
Dubai, March 30, 2009
AGRA Middle East, a leading agribusiness trade event opens today (March 30) in Dubai and will run till April 1.
Farmers and agri-professionals should not boost agricultural and livestock production at the expense of long-term environmental impacts, saidthe organisers of the event.
“Farmers today just cannot increase output without taking into account the negative impact of such growth in areas with fragile or vulnerable soils, sloping land and limited water resources,” stated Goutam Malhotra, IIR exhibition manager of AGRA Middle East.
'With the population of North Africa and Middle East expected to exceed 300 million within two decades, agricultural professionals are being urged to maximise output or compete with other countries for global resources – but not at the expense of the environment.'
'That’s why it’s so important to keep up- to-date with agricultural trends at events such as AGRAme. Much of the equipment and many of the solutions on display and the subjects of the seminar programme are geared to addressing these key issues.'
“For example, while Jordan, Libya, Saudi Arabia and Yemen are said to be already drawing volumes of water that exceed their annual recharge, water resources are likely to become an acute problem in many places. Therefore, finding out what is available to minimise water use, yet maximise production, has become vital.”
For example, the latest technology on show at AGRAme can produce up to 700 kilos of high quality livestock cattle fodder per day from a 12 metre purpose-built container. Ordinarily it would take 20 hectares of fertile land to produce the same amount of cattle feed.
New farming technologies and products will also be outlined in a series of free seminars at AGRAme.
This year’s exhibition is being complemented by Vet Middle East focusing on veterinary products and services.
“This event will not only be of interest to the agribusiness professionals keen to protect their livestock but will also be of interest to the region’s horse, camel, and falconry breeders and enthusiasts as well as veterinary professional,” added Malhotra.
The Vet Middle East 2009 Conference features a series of comprehensive multi-tracked seminars and workshops addressing current regional industry issues relating to the cattle, equestrian and falconry sectors.-TradeArabia News Service