Press Release AgraME 2020

MoCCaE Discusses National Plan for Food Diversification at Opening of AgraME 2020

AgraME launches AgraTech vertical to showcase tech innovations in Agribusiness

03 March 2020, Dubai, UAE: His Excellency Sultan Alwan, Assistant Undersecretary for the Regions Sector at the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, addressed the importance of regional food security, and their national plan for food diversification at the opening of AgraME, running from today (March 3) at the Dubai World Trade Centre until Thursday (March 5).

During his keynote to officially inaugurate the AgraME, one of the region’s key agribusiness, aquaculture and animal health trade events, His Excellency Sultan Alwan stated that the number of people suffering from food insecurity and hunger worldwide now exceeds 820 million, indicating the urgent need to intensify global efforts to meet this challenge and rely more heavily on innovation to find solutions that can bring down these numbers, citing that such efforts cannot be the responsibility of governments alone.

“The partnership and initiatives of the private sector are pivotal to achieving food diversity and security and ensuring its sustainability. Among the most important aspects of this partnership is the establishment of platforms that convene all stakeholders across the sector to exchange experiences and present modern innovative solutions to benefit them all. This, in a nutshell, is the objective of AgraME.

The most important aspect of this exhibition is that it mirrors global trends, especially in achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In addressing the problem of food insecurity and its worsening global impact, the conference supports the second goal of the SDGs - ‘Zero Hunger’ - as well as the 12th goal - ‘Sustainable Consumption and Production’,” said Alwan.

Commenting on the addition to the show, Sheetij Taneja, Exhibition Manager, AgraME said, “AgraTech is an overarching sector that covers all our present sectors – Animal Farming and Health, Aquaculture and Crop farming.

According to Alwan, the challenge of achieving food security and diversity has always been one of the most important priorities for the United Arab Emirates. In line with meeting this goal, the government has ensured legislative and technical capabilities are in place to achieve good food security levels. As a result of these efforts, the country has achieved a qualitative shift on the Global Food Security Index, moving from 31st place globally in 2018 to the 21st spot in 2019.

“Our next goal is to put the UAE in the top 10 of the index. This success is the result of the wise policy pursued by our leadership in diversifying food sources through establishing a strong network of trade relations with the most important food exporting countries, and promoting private investment in the agricultural sector, locally and globally.

To increase its track record of success in the agricultural sector, the UAE has lately adopted a national plan for food diversification. Through engaging 50 strategic partners from all governmental and private sector organizations as well as relevant international organizations, and leveraging the technical support of FAO, this plan aims to enhance food production in the country, with a focus on improving commercial agriculture through increasing the quality and competitiveness of local products so that the sector becomes a major contributor to food security and the national economy. It also aims to advance scientific research to find more innovative solutions to achieve sustainability, and boost the resilience of the agricultural sector to climate change through more partnerships,” added Alwan.

The opening day of the show has also seen two deals struck by local company VeggiTech. One is for a 5,000 sqft indoor vertical farm to produce leafy and micro-greens that will be served in the FEL (Food Earth Love) restaurants in Dubai. The second was a strategic MOU between K+S Minerals and Agriculture GmbH and VeggiTech, for research activities in the innovative field of Controlled Environment Cultivation (CEC).

The 2020 edition will welcome more than 100 leading manufacturers and suppliers from all continents, ready to promote a multitude of products, solutions and innovations which aim to support the ongoing issue surrounding food security in the region.

The introduction of a dedicated AgraTech vertical at the show was created to put focus on the burgeoning industry vertical, and will showcase a wide range of technological advancements to the regional market to promote knowledge sharing between global and local industry leaders.

AgraME offers visitors free access to four different CPD-accredited conference streams – AgraTech; Aquaculture; Animal Farming & Veterinary and Crop Farming. The conference streams for 2020 have taken shape around the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG) - a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.

The conference will feature speakers from NEOM, Intelligent Growth Solutions, Veggitech, Crop One Holdings, Desert Control Middle East, World Aquaculture Society, Food and Agriculture Organisation, Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries – Oman and more.

Under the patronage of the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, AgraME will take place from the 3 – 5 March 2020 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, UAE. As the longest running show in the Middle East and Africa, AgraME welcomes government buyers, distributors, agents, and farm owners from across the Middle East and Africa.

For more information on the conference and to register for free, please visit - www.agramiddleeast.com


Regional Agriculture Industry in Focus This Month at AgraME 2020

AgraME launches AgraTech vertical to showcase tech innovations in Agribusiness

02 March 2020, Dubai, UAE: Agriculture industry professionals from around the world are in Dubai for this month’s AgraME, one of the industry’s leading regional trade events, to debate, promote and reshape the future of the regional agriculture, aquaculture and animal farming and veterinary sectors which are all experiencing game-changing growth.

A wide range of regional and international companies, speakers, buyers and industry pioneers will be descending on the event to make the most out of the three-day exhibition and conference which runs until March 5 at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).

The 2020 edition is expected to welcome over 5,000 visiting industry professionals, and more than 100 leading manufacturers and suppliers from all continents ready to promote a multitude of products, solutions and innovations which aim to support the ongoing issue surrounding food security in the region.

The introduction of a dedicated AgraTech vertical at the show was created to put focus on the burgeoning industry vertical, and will showcase a wide range of technological advancements to the regional market to promote knowledge sharing between global and local industry leaders.

Commenting on the addition to the show, Sheetij Taneja, Exhibition Manager, AgraME said, “AgraTech is an overarching sector that covers all our present sectors – Animal Farming and Health, Aquaculture and Crop farming.

By providing the industry with access to products, solutions and technical know-how to implement Agriculture Technology, we hope to help farmers in the Middle East and Africa automate processes, improve efficiency, increase monitoring, and capture meaningful, actionable data. With a variety of innovative products and services now available, including cloud solutions, farm automation, UAVs, soil sensors, farm management platforms, climate control, robotics and more, AgraTech will open a wealth of opportunity in the agricultural industry in the Middle East and Africa.”

“To tie in with our AgraTech launch we have a Virtual Reality experience of a vertical farm by Intelligent Growth Solutions at the show this year, where visitors can take a ‘tour’ to see exactly how one looks and operates” added Taneja.

AgraME will offer visitors free access to four different CPD-accredited conference streams – AgraTech; Aquaculture; Animal Farming & Veterinary and Crop Farming. The conference streams for 2020 have taken shape around the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG) - a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.

The conference will feature speakers from NEOM, Intelligent Growth Solutions, Veggitech, Crop One Holdings, Desert Control Middle East, World Aquaculture Society, Food and Agriculture Organisation, Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries - Oman, Fish Farm and more.

“We are also putting sustainability at the forefront from a show level this year, as running AgraME gives us lots of opportunities to improve our impact environmentally, socially and economically in our region. Through three guiding principles; Running an Environmentally Responsible Event; Inspiring Sustainable Development and Running a Socially Responsible Event, our aim is to help the market improve its own sustainability through connecting people with the knowledge they need to help solve the bigger challenges currently affecting the sector,” said Taneja.

Under the patronage of the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, AgraME will take place from the 3 – 5 March 2020 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, UAE. As the longest running show in the Middle East and Africa, AgraME welcomes government buyers, distributors, agents, and farm owners from across the Middle East and Africa.

For more information on the conference and to register for free, please visit - www.agramiddleeast.com


AgraME Conference to Highlight Latest Trends in AgraTech, Aquaculture and Animal Farming

  • Agenda closely tied to the ‘United Nations Sustainable Development Goals’ to help increase food security in the region
  • Representatives from the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment and the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) to speak at the AgraME Conference in Dubai.

February 2020, Dubai, UAE: The UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MoCCaE), and AgraME, the regions longest running exhibition for Agriculture, have once again collaborated to deliver a holistic, CPD -accredited conference agenda looking at the latest in AgraTech, Aquaculture, Crop Farming and Animal Farming and Veterinary with a line-up of key industry speakers set to attend.

Taking place on 3-5 March at the Dubai World Trade Centre, the event will be hosting a high level, free-to-attend conference which integrates a number of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) and covers key advancements and trends within the MEA Industry in AgraTech, Animal Farming and Veterinary, Crop Farming and Aquaculture.

The conference adopting the UN SDGs is designed to help enable food security in the region. This framework has helped steer the strategy of the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment and the implementation of some of the goals will be discussed and brought to life at the AgraME Conference.

The opening keynote will be delivered by H.E. Sultan Abdulla Al Hebsi, Assistant Undersecretary of Regions Sector, at the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment .

One of the key sessions on day one will come from Mark Tester, Professor of Plant Science at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Executive Director of the Food Sector at NEOM and co-Founder of Red Sea Farms. Tester’s session will look at how todays agriculture industry is unsustainable and what can be done to lead transformation in the region.

Speaking with AgraME ahead of the exhibition, Tester said; “The NEOM Food Sector will build a world class sustainable food system that is secure, safe, healthy and affordable, setting an exemplar for the world as a global leader in agri-food tech innovation especially for production in challenging environments. Also, through Red Sea Farms we are currently developing a saltwater-based agricultural system, substituting as much freshwater as possible with currently unused saline water, reducing pressure on currently unsustainably exploited freshwater resources and breaking the food-water-energy nexus.

Given water is the primary limiting factor for food production in the Middle East, and given most water used in the region is unsustainable, the ability to undertake covered agriculture with one-tenth the water consumption is a significant contribution to increase sustainability of agriculture in the Middle East.”

Tester also commented on other innovations he feels are the most promising in leading the Middle East toward a more sustainable food industry; “Agriculture currently uses three-quarters of all the water humans use and is in the top three emitters of greenhouse gases. Both of these things have to change, and we need to deploy technologies to do this. The Middle East is very good at digital technologies, and these can be developed very well in this region, for local and global benefit. There are also many engineering and biotech innovations that can contribute.”

The conference stream on day two (4 March) will be focused on the regions burgeoning Aquaculture industry. With an overarching theme of the transformation of Aquaculture in the next 30 years, the key panel of the day will look at ‘Planning for 2050: aquaculture’s role in providing regional food security, quality and safety’, hosted by Dawood Al-Yahyai, Aquaculture, Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries, Oman; Bram Romijn, Aquaculture Specialist, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Riyadh and Dr. Rohana Subasinghe, President, Asia-Pacific Chapter, World Aquaculture Society.

Animal Farming, Veterinary and Crop Farming will be the focus on day three (5 March). A keynote on ‘Biosecurity in UAE farms: an update on best practices’ will be given in the morning by Dr. Roula Hassan Shaaban, Chairperson of Board of Directors, Emirates Veterinary Association, with an afternoon panel discussion covering which crops will become mainstream in Middle Eastern Agriculture by 2030, and growing role of organic farming in Middle Eastern agriculture and how this may affect crop diversity.

Under the patronage of the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, AgraME will take place from the 3 – 5 March 2020 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, UAE. With a targeted focus on the AgraTech, Crop Farming, Aquaculture and Animal Farming and Veterinary sectors, AgraME 2020 will attract suppliers and buyers, both locally and internationally, looking to source the latest products and innovative solutions in order to create a sustainable food supply across the MEA region.

For more information on the three conference streams and detailed agenda please visit - www.agramiddleeast.com/en/Conference.html

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