Post Show Review: AGRA Middle East 2013

AGRA Middle East, the region’s largest agribusiness trade event was officially inaugurated by H.E AbdulRahman Mohammed Al Oweis, UAE Minister of Health at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre.

AGRA Middle East continues to draw more visitors, 12% increase in visitor attendance for 2013

AGRA Middle East, the region’s largest agribusiness trade event was officially inaugurated by H.E AbdulRahman Mohammed Al Oweis, UAE Minister of Health at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre.

The 2013 edition of AGRAme, held from 26 – 28 March at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre has now made its mark as the largest agribusiness event in the Middle East region. With 174 exhibitors from 34 countries and 4 country pavilions, the 2013 edition of the event attracted 12% more visitors as compared to the event last year.

Exhibitor feedback for the event has been excellent with many reporting onsite orders for products and services on offer. The exhibitors this year have shown great satisfaction at the quality of visitors and the enquiries gathered during the event.
AGRAme features five closely linked exhibitions under one roof showcasing the latest advances in agriculture and irrigation; animal husbandry and poultry farming; floriculture and horticulture; fisheries and aquaculture and agricultural machinery.
With more than 40% of the exhibit space for AGRAme 2014 already rebooked by 2013 exhibitors, the event next year is already assured of a sellout.

Agribusiness Outlook Forum

Agribusiness Outlook ForumThe 3rd edition of the Agribusiness Outlook Forum attracted 85 delegates. The annual event once again focused on food security and water resources aspect. The forum included key regional and international speakers, discussing the various perspectives to these challenging issues.

Middle East Horticultural Summit – the inaugural edition delivers beyond expectations

Middle East Horticulture SummitThe inaugural edition of the Middle East Horticultural Summit was very well received by the industry in the region. Attended by 52 industry professionals, the summit discussed challenges and directions for future research in horticulture with the Middle East perspective.

Poultry Outlook Forum – Regional poultry professionals attend in big numbers

Poultry Outlook ForumThe Poultry Outlook Forum returned once again in partnership with The World’s Poultry Science Association (WPSA) in 2013. The forum, attended by 62 delegates from across the region offered valuable information on the latest advances in poultry research, science and technology and also helped advance the knowledge and understanding of this diverse industry.

AGRAme Seminars – Back for 7th year

Running for the 7th year, the AGRAme Seminars featured 10 FREE to attend sessions with topics ranging from changing the paradigm of poultry nutrition worldwide to let’s block salmonella and growing importance of water soluble fertilizers.

Exhibitors at AGRAme 2013 testify to the event’s success:

We are very happy with the show. This is our fourth year participating, and the visitors have been increasing and improving in quality every year. When we first exhibited, no one knew what our agriculture machinery was, but now we have had 10-12 very strong enquiries already, and a lot   more people seem to want our equipment, particularly from Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and the UAE. This is very positive for us as it is expensive for us to come here, so it is important that we do  business. We will certainly return next year, and we may even establish our own office in the region,  as many potential clients require someone on the ground.
Serena Ruggeri, Ma/ag

The number and quality of visitors has been very good. The visitors that we see all seem to be  serious buyers and are very interested in our products. If I meet ten people a day who are the right  people, which has been the case, then I am very happy. The show is also very well organised. We decided to exhibit this year after skipping for a couple because as visitors last year, we saw how  well it had improved. Will certainly return next year
Keith Eyles, Alvan Blanch

We have been busy since the doors opened this morning. We have had a lot of enquiries and hope  they lead further after the show has finished. It’s nice to see international visitors at the  exhibition.
Paraskevas Kiriakidis, Meliton Farm Ltd

This is the first year JBA have participated in the exhibition. We are not here to sell our products   but to raise awareness to visitors of the work we do. We have had a lot of interest today and hope  the following days will be as successful
Jaber Al Mazrouel, JBA Agritech

We are here today to offer new cheaper technology to customers. Event has gone well for us so  far. We have received a lot of interest in our products and hope this continues over the remainder  of the show.
A.M. Ateeq, Honaz FZCO

This is our 4th year as exhibitors here. We have met most of our clients and this is why we have  returned year after year. I think it’s a great show to find new clientele within the Middle East. If this  year is another success we will definitely be returning again next year!
Cristina Fustero, Liverco Enhol Agro

We had a very busy day on the first day which was surprising as we were expecting the second and  third days to be busier. Overall we are very happy. We have had about 30 serious enquiries  so far, so if a third of those turn into actual business, then we have achieved our objectives of  being here. Most likely will come back next year.
Nick Martin, Indigrow

The show has been very good for us. This is our fifth time here in the last seven years. We’ve had  a few strong leads so far, but one prime reason for being here is to extend our existing partnerships  with our main clients in the region. We have been expanding our services in recent years so is important for us to be here
Edward Shaw, I.Q Forage

We are the Platinum Sponsor of AGRA Middle East, and it is the largest agriculture show in the  region, so it is very important for us to be here to develop our relationships with existing customers  as well as look for potential new partners. We are looking for new areas to grow, particularly in  animal forage
Allison Bordes, Al Dahra Agriculture

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