The 10th edition of Qatar’s International Agricultural Exhibition (AgriteQ), set to take place from March 15 to 19 at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre (DECC), will provide an opportunity for industry experts to explore state-of-the-art and latest farming technologies and innovations.
The event, organised by the Ministry of Municipality in collaboration with Expo 2023, allows specialists and other participants 'to meet with key decision-makers, gain valuable insights, and discover the best practices' in agriculture.
AgriteQ puts a spotlight on innovation in agricultural techniques aimed toward achieving food security and sustainable development.
“AgriteQ was launched to act as an accelerator to achieving the goals of Qatar National Food Security Strategy. Since its inception 10 years ago, AgriteQ has been at the forefront of providing a full-fledged platform for local and international agriculture stakeholders to exchange expertise, discover trends and developments, and seize business opportunities in this vital sector,” organisers said.
AgriteQ’s previous edition witnessed the participation of 650 exhibitors from 52 countries and attracted a large number of visitors at a 29,000sqm space. It also featured several talks and workshops, as well as investment opportunities.
This year’s programme will include discussions on ‘Initiatives, Opportunities and Projects in the World of Agriculture’; ‘Research and Scientific Studies Towards a Sustainable Qatari Food Security’; and ‘Farming in urban areas – learn how to make your passion productive for home or business’.
The talks will also tackle a number of topics such as learning how to work with animals and plants in small spaces; save money at the supermarket; growing fruits, herbs, veg, eggs, and meat at home; studying urban farming for business; understanding the growing methods used in smaller spaces such as vertical and roof gardening; and hydroponics, among others.
At AgriteQ participants can also learn more about beekeeping with hands-on experience on beehives, and about the different uses of bees, honey production, beehive nutrition, and the movement of bees. One of the talks will discuss technology's significant role in boosting agricultural production in the country.
The latest edition of AgriteQ will also feature dedicated exhibition zones: VeteQ, a specialised platform for veterinary health, showcasing a broad range of veterinary products, equipment and services for livestock, poultry and other species; and FoodteQ, a specialised platform for the food and agro-industry, displaying food products, as well as food processing, packaging machinery, and more.
Qatar’s agriculture market, valued at $143.55mn in 2020, is projected to reach $209.97mn in 2028, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 4.87% from 2021 to 2028.A number of factors like the increase in adoption of advanced farming technologies and conducive government policies supporting domestic crop production along with a highly active local supply system are some of the factors driving the market growth in the country, according to AgriteQ organisers.
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