HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani and President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko jointly inaugurated the 6th Qatar International Agricultural Exhibition (AgriteQ 2018) at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre (DECC) on Tuesday.
The opening of the three-day expo, being held under the patronage of His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, was attended by HE the Minister of Municipality and Environment Mohamed bin Abdullah al-Rumaihi, HE the Minister of Transport and Communications Jassim Seif Ahmed al-Sulaiti, and several others including dignitaries from the participating countries.
While speaking at the inaugural ceremony, HE al-Rumaihi stated that in line with the goals and objectives of Qatar National Vision 2030, the country has set ambitious targets for increasing self-sufficiency in food production, making use of its domestic capacities and thus reducing dependence on imports in coming years.
"The latest AgriteQ, being held in line with the wise vision of His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani demonstrates Qatar’s strategy to promote its national agricultural sector and diversify its economy."
"The successful staging of the exhibition in the last five years is owing to the country's wise leadership and its efforts to make use of all possibilities to turn the expo into one of the most international agricultural platforms of its kind held in the Gulf region," he said, while adding that such events would prompt more youngsters to engage and encourage in agriculture.
The exhibitors are showcasing their latest agro-products and technologies as well as advanced irrigation systems and fisheries.
This year's AgriteQ has seen an almost 100% rise in the number of participating firms compared to last year's exhibition. Organisers said 313 exhibitors have their products from nearly 36 countries showcased at the exhibition, held over nearly 21,875sqm.
They said the exhibition helps the country attracting more investors to avail of the growing business opportunities in Qatar's agricultural sector.
Besides Qatar, others participating in the exhibition are The Netherlands, Iran, Spain, Pakistan, Oman, Syria, Bulgaria, Sudan, Lebanon and from Palestine.
Al-Rumaihi added: "The event reflects the government’s continuous support and effective contribution in enabling agricultural projects by encouraging investments in this sector, in addition to encouraging young nationals to engage in agriculture.”
The minister also highlighted the expo's capability to provide visitors with an integrated venue for exhibiting the latest advances and developments in agricultural technologies at the local and international levels.
Al-Rumaihi further emphasised the ministry’s commitment to developing and supporting the agricultural sector to achieve the government’s ambitions to make Qatar one of the most developed countries in this field.
In a statement, Dr Faleh bin Nasser al-Thani, Assistant Undersecretary of Agricultural Affairs, Livestock and Fisheries at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment and chairman of the steering committee of AgriteQ's organising committee, said "The exhibition reflects the vital role of the agricultural sector in achieving comprehensive and sustainable development in the country".
He said the exhibition aims to encourage nationals to invest in the agricultural sector, and increase revenues generated by the sector by providing Qataris in the field of agriculture with an ideal opportunity to learn about the latest equipment, technologies and agri-products.