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

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

HALAL MIDDLE EAST 2013- Press Release

HALAL MIDDLE EAST

at Expo Centre Sharjah from 16 to 18 December 2013

PRESS RELEASE

Halal slaughtering – a cut above the rest has great role in preventing infectious diseases, says expert

Sharjah, 16th July 2013

The rising acceptance of halal meat due to its scientific and hygienic slaughtering and processing methods is spicing up the US$ 600 billion global halal meat market impressively.  Studies have shown that halal slaughter protects consumers from many diseases which are not possible in the conventional methods used in many countries.

Ahead of a key halal conclave in Sharjah, experts opine that halal slaughter of animals has a great role in preventing infectious diseases, and is seen one of the main reasons for the popularity of the product even among non-Muslims.

“The way the slaughtering process is carried out is of significant importance for both human health and safety and quality of the meat. Halal slaughter involves cutting of jugular veins, throat and esophagus, which facilitates draining of blood from the animal and thus prevents growth and multiplication of harmful micro-organisms,” said Dr. Ibrahim Hussein Ahmed Abd El Rahim, Professor of Infectious Diseases, Umm Al-Qura University, Makkah Al-Mukarama, Saudi Arabia. Continue reading