Mohammad Al Hussaini, Deputy General Manager, Riyadh Exhibitions Company
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s food sector is currently expanding at an annual rate of 18.5 per cent while food and agricultural imports account for 15 per cent of overall imports, at USD 17.3 billion. Further, the Kingdom is investing some USD 12.3 billion in domestic agriculture projects as well as to acquire land abroad to ensure food security. These projects include the King Abdullah’s Initiative for Agricultural Investment Abroad and the USD 800 million Saudi Company for Agricultural Investment and Animal Production.
Saudi Agriculture 2011, held under the patronage and support of the Saudi Ministry of Agriculture, is being organised from September 19 to 22, at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Centre, to further complement ongoing investments in food and beverage production and enable the country to meet its increasing, long-term food requirements. Several regional and international exhibitors have already signed up to attend the trade event, showcasing the latest in Animal Health & Production, Agricultural Finance & Banking, Agricultural Products & Services, Chemicals & Fertilizers, Cold Storage & Crop Production, and Dairy Farming Products & Equipment, among others.
“This year marks the 30th anniversary of Saudi Agriculture, a show that has grown exponentially over the years and has provided the perfect platform for food industry players to capitalise on the lucrative Saudi Arabian market that has been backed by strong government support,” said Mohammad Al Hussaini, Deputy General Manager, Riyadh Exhibitions Company.
Saudi Agriculture 2011 – The 30th International Agriculture, Water & Agro-Industry Show, which is accredited by UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, will be held concurrently with Saudi Agro-Food 2011 – The 16th International Exhibition for Food Processing and Packaging. Saudi Agro-Food 2011 will feature the latest products, technologies and services in areas ranging from frozen and chilled foods, confectionery, chocolates, health and natural foods, to presentation, processing and packaging equipment.
Saudi Agriculture 2011 serves as an ideal business-to-business platform for major agricultural producers, manufacturers, dealers, agents and distributors along with key policy makers and high-ranking officials from the Saudi Agriculture Ministry. Other key areas of focus of the trade event include Fisheries & Fish Farming, Greenhouses, Handling & Transport Systems, Irrigation & Landscaping Equipment, Machinery & Spare Parts, Organic Farming, Packaging Systems & Products, Pesticides, Pumps & Pipe Systems, Seeds & Soil Nutrition Products, Spraying Machinery, Water Treatment, Water Management Systems, and Warehousing.