AgraME’s Aquaculture Conference to Highlight Regional Investment Opportunities and International Best Practice 


18th February, Dubai, UAE: Officially endorsed by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, AgraME, which is taking place on 6-8 March at the Dubai World Trade Centre, is set to bring together local and international experts within the aquaculture sector to host a dedicated, free-to-attend, conference on the opening day focusing on the regions burgeoning aquaculture industry.  

Delivering the first keynote will be Dr. Ali Al Shaikhi, Director General of Fisheries Production, Ministry of Environment, Water & Agriculture – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. On the back of a number of recent investments to boost environmental capacity in the Kingdom, Ministry representatives will be discussing aquaculture prospects in the Kingdom and look at projects leading toward their Vision 2030 which has gained international headlines in recent months.

“We have received huge support from both local and overseas aquaculture experts and will bring together knowledge sharing from around the globe to help the growth of Aquaculture in the Middle East. Our visitors are excited to hear what The Ministry of Environment, Water & Agriculture- Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Innovation Norway and others have to say and the conference will form a great opportunity for learning and networking” said Samantha Bleasby, Exhibition Director, AgraME. 

Bringing expertise from Europe, another key session of the day will be presented by Innovation Norway - the Norwegian Government's most important instrument for innovation and development of Norwegian enterprises and industry.  

Ole Johan Sandvaer, Regional Director MEA for Innovation Norway will be looking at the development of a sustainable aquaculture industry within the country and how the UAE and Norway are synergistic in their approach to aquaculture; “Norwegian technology providers cover the entire value chain of the aquaculture industry, which includes high-tech products and services and modern management principles. The Middle East is known to go for the latest in technology to meet increasingly demanding consumers with products of highest quality. The aqua farming sector represents no difference.”  “The aquaculture industry has developed very fast for 50 over years and there’s no sign saying this development will slow down. Rather the opposite. One reason is that the search for the highest standards of sustainability in all parts of the aquaculture value chain will become even more important, and in this field Norway is in the lead internationally. This requires the ability to think “new”, which again will enhance innovation in all parts of the value chain.” added Sandvaer.

With a more targeted focus on the Crop Farming, Animal Farming, Aquaculture and Animal Health sectors, AgraME 2018 will attract suppliers and buyers, both locally and internationally, looking to source the latest products and innovative solutions, as well as offer a content platform to discuss ways to tackle the ongoing struggle in regional food security. 

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To exhibit at AgraME please contact Samantha Bleasby on [email protected]