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Public And Private Sector Partnerships Vital For Future Mena Agriculture Industry, Says Expert


Leasing land abroad, corporate farminglikely to increase investor appetite, Emirates Investment CEO says ahead of Agribusiness Outlook Forum

Dubai, UAE, 02 March 2014:Investments in research, science, and technology will lay the foundation for improved agricultural productivity, reduced waste and a healthier and safer food supply in the Middle East and North Africa(MENA) region, an investment expert has said.

Syed Tariq Husain

Syed Tariq Husain, CEO of Emirates Investments Group, will address delegates about prioritising investments to achieve sustainable agricultural growth at the Agribusiness Outlook Forum in Dubai.

Syed Tariq Husain, CEO of Emirates Investments Group in the UAE, said thatrobust investments in agricultural research and development from the public and private sectors are vital for the ongoing growth of the food industries in the region.

“Both public and private sectors need to identify research policies, choose the best technologies to improve productivity in a particular location, and develop investment strategies for expanding agribusiness and infrastructure,” said Husain, a headline speaker at the Agribusiness Outlook Forum, part of AGRA Middle East, which takes place from 25 to 27 March at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

“Countries such as Saudi Arabia havemade mistakes in the pastby investing in projects like wheat and cattle farming which are highly water intensive and not sustainable. We need to explore alternatives, for example investing in agricultural land abroad or leasing land to a professional who can manage it more efficiently with better practices.”

According to Global Harvest Initiative’s 2012 Global Agriculture Production Report, food demand in the MENA region is expected to grow at 2.14 per cent by 2050. Husain said that regional countries need to prioritise their investmentsinto products, and key geographical locations that are sustainable in order to achieve food security in the region.

He added: “MENA countries can succeed in conducting cost effective policies to achieve sustainable agricultural growth by forming strategic partnerships with countries in the Central Asian Republic, North Africa, Pakistan and Turkey. These countries are easily accessible and have strong transport links to ensure a constant and efficient supply of produce.”

This forecast is backed by a comment made recently by George Eustice, Parliamentary Undersecretary of State for Farming, Food and Marine Environment in the UK stating not only can the UK export food to the UAE, but it can also help the emirates when it comes to agriculture.

“We have a lot of expertise in these areas, everything from irrigation systems to developing new strains of plant and wheat that are high yielding and rely on less water, and it may well be that we can share some of that expertise.” said Eustice.

Husain will join an impressive line-up of regional and international agricultural experts at the Agribusiness Outlook Forum,focusing on key issues surrounding the mounting food import bill for the GCC, which is forecast to reach US $53.1 billion by 2020 according to the Economist Intelligence Unit.

His presentation will explore howagricultural opportunities, such as corporate farming – large-scale farming with greater economies of scale to large producers – can attract more investors, and will evaluate the different financial options to help minimise risk.

“Corporate farming in the Middle East region is only a small part of the industry which is currently made up of smaller scale farming with fragmented land holding,” said Husain.“If we can move toward corporate farming, have larger farms, have something which is suitable for the geography, then it will attract investors as long as there is a defined, profitable demand for the product.”

The Agribusiness Outlook Forum is a feature of the opening day of the three-day AGRA Middle East exhibition, the region’s only event covering agribusiness, poultry & livestock, fishing & aquaculture, floriculture & horticulture and agricultural machinery & supplies.

A major highlight of the 2014 edition is theAGRAme Awards, recognising individuals, departments, teams and organisations that have contributed to the growth and development of the agricultural industry with focus on best practices and innovative approach. Continue reading

KEME-2013 (The Kitchen Equipment & Technology Exhibition Middle East 2013)

The hospitality and catering industry is set to get the perfect recipe to boost growth, a Kitchen Equipment Exhibition that is a first in the region.

The inaugural Kitchen Equipment and Technology Exhibition will be held at Expo Centre Sharjah and is set to provide easy access to latest kitchen essentials to the region’s hospitality and catering industry

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“It is a known fact that about half of the hospitality sector’s revenues in the region come from the food and beverage service segment. The Kitchen Equipment and Technology Exhibition Middle East – 2013 will provide the sector with a great opportunity to source cutting-edge, innovative kitchen technology to cater for a multi-ethnic population and the millions of tourists who arrive in the country.

The show takes into account the rise in demand for food storage, preparation and handling technologies & products, which is fuelled by the fast-expanding hotel and hospitality market in  UAE.

The exhibition will be the right sourcing point that will help you choose new kitchen technologies and equipment from leading manufacturers and dealers from across the world.

The show will also feature the Chefs’ Corner to Spice Up “The Kitchen Equipment & Technology Exhibition Middle East – 2013” featuring  live demonstration (focusing on training & technology) powered by International Centre for Culinary Arts – Dubai (ICCA), A Ronai LLC, Rational, Winterhalter, etc..  The industrial Catering sector is widely spread across the globe with huge potential and will be discussed & presented by Chef. Collin Campbel of Abela & Co and will present the current trend and what improvements are recommended in INDUSTRIAL AND CATERING EQUIPMENT. Continue reading

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.
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