The ninth Qatar International Agricultural Exhibition (AgriteQ) and the third Qatar International Environmental Exhibition (EnviroteQ) kicked off on Thursday at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre, showcasing cutting-edge farming technologies and presenting the best innovations in the field of sustainable development.
HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz al-Thani inaugurated the exhibitions, which have been organised by the Ministry of Municipality and the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, and run until March 14.
HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior visited the pavilions of the two exhibitions and was briefed on the most prominent modern technologies used in the sectors of agriculture, environmental sustainability and food security. He also listened to an explanation about the events accompanying the exhibitions, including local and international seminars and workshops.
He was accompanied by a number of ministers, state guests and ambassadors accredited to Qatar.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the event, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change public relations director Farhoud Hadi al-Hajri said the latest edition of AgriteQ and EnviroteQ witnessed an increase in the number of countries, companies and other institutions participating - bringing together more than 650 local and international entities from the agriculture, environment, food and animal production industries.
From 42 countries in 2021, more than 50 – including Saudi Arabia, Oman, Iraq, Jordan, Palestine, Sudan, Turkey, Iran, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Australia, Albania, Italy, Pakistan, Poland, Tanzania, Cyprus, Kirghizstan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, the Netherlands and India – are taking part in this year’s event, setting up official pavilions through their embassies and commercial offices in Doha.
According to the organisers, more than 150 companies in Qatar, which include 60 from the agriculture sector, 50 from food industries, and 25 from the area of environment, as well as a number of companies engaged in livestock and veterinary fields, are participating in the two exhibitions this year.
Al-Hajri noted that the event serves as an ideal platform for different countries and companies to present various strategies for advanced and sustainable farming, as well as environmental preservation.
He said the participating countries will also present investment opportunities during the discussion and workshops at the event, which also offers sharing of experiences and know-how in these fields.
“There will be a lot of researches and their results that will be presented and as a result of that, there will be agreements that will be signed between some of the local research entities and institutes, and their counterparts from different countries,” al-Hajri added. “Another part is the government-to-government relations, which most of it is already existing but we might have some opportunities during this event to expand that field."
“In addition, there will be some publishing of some of the works that have been done in the form of studies or books that will also be commissioned during this event,” he said.
According to the organisers, the exhibition also features “a specialised business matchmaking platform to help exhibitors and visitors meet key decision-makers from the public and private sectors, through pre-arranged meetings, to discuss potential opportunities and partnerships”.
Dr Mohamed Saif al-Kuwari, director of the Environmental and Municipal Studies Institute at the Ministry of Municipality, said the event provides an opportunity to exchange information and knowledge, and discuss new innovations in protecting the environment amid the numerous challenges caused by climate change.
“At the end of the day, we collect all the recommendations from the discussions and send it to higher authorities of the ministry,” he said, adding that a committee could be created to study these recommendations if they are useful or beneficial.
Dr al-Kuwari highlighted the importance of waste segregation and recycling saying that these kinds of strategies significantly help in proper waste management.
He pointed out that apart from adopting modern technologies, raising public awareness and educating the public also play a key role in efforts to fight global warming.
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