His Excellency, Eng. Abdulrahman Al-Fadhli, the Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture, inaugurated the 38th edition of the Saudi Agriculture Exhibition. The exhibition is organized by the Riyadh Exhibitions Company Ltd. (REC) and will take place from 21th to 24th October 2019 at the Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Center.
Under the theme (Agricultural innovation, for a better life), the exhibition is expected to witness wide participation from local, regional and international stakeholders to explore the investment opportunities in the Saudi agriculture sector and learn about the international quality standards that are being applied to the sector in line with Vision 2030.
His Excellency, Eng. Abdulrahman Al-Fadhli, the Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture toured the exhibition with a number of senior government officials to explore the latest technological advancements, machinery and practices in the field of agriculture that is being showcased by local and international companies.
The exhibition is hosting 9 country pavilions and more than 380 exhibitors representing 34 countries, exceeding the number of exhibitors from the last edition by 11%.
With a diamond sponsorship by Fakieh Poultry Farms, and the partnership of Saudi Organic Farming Association (SOFA), and Saudi Aquaculture Society, the Saudi Agriculture 2019 will take place from the 21st to the 24th of October 2019 at the Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Center, Saudi Agriculture 2019 will be concurrently held with Saudi Aquaculture, Saudi Food Pack and Saudi Organic food.
Mohammad Al Al-Sheikh, Head of Marketing at Riyadh Exhibitions Company (REC) said: “The exhibition aims to expand the potential and opportunities of the agricultural sector in the Kingdom through supporting and developing sustainable and environmentally friendly projects using the latest technologies.
The exhibition will also provide a platform to bring together local and international entrepreneurs to explore opportunities and projects that will contribute to push the country forward in terms of securing sustainable food supply”.
“The Kingdom began years ago to prioritize the development of its agricultural sector by providing financial support, discovering new types of crops and integrating advanced technologies in the sector. These steps led to a quadrupling of local food production between 1980 and 1990, which is a huge success”, Al Al-Sheikh further explained, “The government has now been able, through research and development initiatives, to help farmers double their production without fear of scarce water sources. As part of its efforts to achieve the vision, the leadership approved a project that is worth 24.5 billion S.R to develop and improve the agriculture, water and environment sectors in the Kingdom in accordance with international standards”.
Under the strategic direction highlighted in Saudi Vision 2030, protection of the nation’s vital resources is imperative to the creation of an ambitious and effectively governed nation.
To support this vision, Saudi Arabia has been prioritizing the development of sufficient food reserves, promotion of aquaculture and partnering with countries that have abundant natural resources.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations has also partnered with the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture, Saudi Grain Authority and Agricultural Development Fund to augment national capacities for guaranteeing sustainable food security.
Under this venture, the entities aim to establish an evidence-based food loss and waste reduction programmed and implement a food security early warning system. Moreover, significant strides have been made in the domain of aquaculture owing to an increase in marine fisheries and overall productivity which is expected to augment the sector’s contribution to the national economy.
Saudi Agriculture 2019 managed to represent a major milestone for the agricultural sector in the Kingdom, as each of its editions is characterized by various topics and different innovations.
The exhibition has also contributed to open up new horizons to benefit from the agricultural opportunities in achieving food security and balanced development and to explore the emerging trends and developments the Saudi agricultural sector is witnessing under the ambitious Vision 2030.
As for the exhibitions that will be simultaneously held with Saudi Agriculture 2019, the Saudi Aquaculture Exhibition presents a leading platform for the development and establishment of a sustainable fishing sector inside the Kingdom. The exhibition will showcase the latest innovations in the operations, systems and tools of the sector.
Additionally, Saudi Food Pack exhibition is considered to be the largest forum for the industry’s professionals and potential investors, and a platform to discover the vast array of solutions, technologies and products leading in the regional nutrition sector.
Furthermore, Saudi Organic food exhibition aims at improving and developing food packaging processes. It represents an ideal platform for everything related to food production and showcasing new innovations.
It is worth noting that Riyadh Exhibitions Company Ltd (REC), the organizer of this event, enjoys a prolonged and successful experience in the Saudi market for over 39 years. In addition, all the REC’s leading events are all certified by UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry.