"Saudi Agriculture 2009" and "Saudi Agro-Food 2009" - concurrently held at the newly completed Riyadh International Exhibition Centre - recently concluded four days of business-to-business networking activities and a showcase of the latest products, technologies and innovations from more than 500 local, regional and international exhibitors from over 30 countries, generating SAR billions worth of new projects and business deals. Organised under the patronage of Dr. Fahd Bin Abulrahman Balghunaim, Saudi Minister of Agriculture, the double-header exhibition gathered over 20000 visitors.
Riyadh Exhibitions Company, organiser of the concurrent exhibitions, revealed that the volume of projects and deals that were closed during the mega trade event underlined the excellent potential for long-term growth in the areas of agriculture and agro-food business in Saudi Arabia. Riyadh Exhibitions Company further disclosed that up to 80 per cent of participants of both exhibitions were Saudi-based companies.
Mohammed Al Hussaini, Deputy General Manager, Riyadh Exhibitions Company said: "Majority of the participants actively participated in various business networking activities that were integrated in the concurrent trade events. The enthusiastic attitude of both trade exhibitors and visitors reflects the favourable market conditions in the fields of agriculture and agro-food in Saudi Arabia. Furthermore, the excellent response reaffirms the status of Saudi Agriculture and Saudi Agro-Food as invaluable communication channels and business gateways for local and international industry players."
Inaugurated by Dr. Fahd Bin Abulrahman Balghunaim, Saudi Minister of Agriculture, the trade event showcased a premium selection of state-of-the-art technology, machinery, equipment and products in the agriculture and agro-food sectors. The exhibitions occupied a total of 15,000 square metres of indoor exhibition space and up to 5,000 sqm of outdoor exhibition grounds at the state-of-the-art Riyadh International Exhibition Centre.
"Saudi Agriculture 2009 – The 28th International Agriculture, Water and Agri-Industry Show" presented the latest in chemicals and fertilisers, agricultural finance and banking, nurseries and crop protection, pumps and pipe systems, irrigation and landscaping equipment, and water treatment and management systems.
"Saudi Agro-Food 2009 – The 16th International Trade Show for Food Products, Processing and Packaging Technologies" showcased the latest products, technologies and services in areas ranging from frozen and chilled foods, confectionery and chocolates and health and natural foods, to presentation, processing and packaging equipment.
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