FIFTH QATAR INTERNATIONAL AGRICULTURAL KICKS OFF ON 22 MARCH

Doha, – Under the patronage of the Under the Patronage of HE Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the fifth Qatar International Agricultural (Agriteq) Exhibition 2017 will be organized this year on 22 – 25 March 2017 in the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center on an area of 12,000sqm.

The event, in which hundreds of local and international companies from the agriculture industry will be participating, welcomes official bodies and private institutions specialized in the agricultural products and equipment.

HE Minister of Municipality and Environment Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Rumaihi said the organization of Agriteq Exhibition coincides with the growing boom experienced by the local agriculture sector under intensive efforts to enhance the contribution of the agricultural sector in Qatar’s GDP to more than 4 % annually in line with the economic diversification policy pursued by the State of Qatar in the context of achieving Qatar National Vision (QNV) 2030, which sets a roadmap for the transition to a knowledge-based economy and an advanced society capable of achieving comprehensive development and environmental sustainability.

In a press statement on the occasion, HE Al Rumaihi said Agriteq Exhibition is an opportunity to bring together decision-makers, industry leaders and stakeholders from across the region and the world under one roof, to exchange experiences and ideas to come up with recommendations and effective solutions that promote optimal investment in agricultural projects and livestock production allowing the local and international companies to establish business and enter into new partnerships in the local market.

The State of Qatar adopts a strategic agricultural plan aimed at achieving self-sufficiency in agricultural production and vegetables by 2030, through upgrading local food industry and reducing dependence on imported products, HE Al Rumaihi said, referring in this regard to a study which shows that 90% of Qatar’s food products were imported.

For his part, HE Sheikh Dr. Faleh bin Nasser Al-Thani, Assistant Undersecretary of Agricultural Affairs, Livestock and Fisheries at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment and Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Organization and Supervision of Agriteq Exhibition said the event will witness the organization of an auction where participants will showcase animals and birds to a group of farmers and farm owners to buy their favorite species at the best prices.

This initiative is aimed at attracting investors and experts working in this field and introduce them to some of the most important animal wealth in Qatar, he explained.

The event also pays special attention to children in order to enrich their knowledge in the agricultural and environmental fields and disseminate the culture of food security and best agricultural and green practices, Dr. Al-Thani went on saying. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency

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