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