The trade in agricultural and horticultural mechanical appliances between Qatar and Italy increased 28.7% in 2021 compared to 2020, putting Italy third among the suppliers in the category, ambassador Alessandro Prunas has said.
“This increase in trade prompted the Machinery Federation (Federunacoma) to participate," he told reporters on the sidelines of the opening of the 9th Qatar International Agricultural Exhibition (AgriteQ) and the 3rd Qatar International Environmental Exhibition (EnviroteQ) yesterday at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre (DECC).
Federunacoma is the Italian Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers Federation, representing enterprises in the field of implements, self-propelled machines, tractors, components, and gardening machinery.
Citing the last available data collected by Qatar Customs, Prunas said that the imports from Italy grew approximately 23% compared to 2020 in the floriculture products and live plants category.

The Italian Trade Agency (ITA) – Trade Promotion Office of the Italian embassy is taking part in the event, hosting five companies from Federunacoma at a 120sq m pavillion.
All the exhibitors offer cutting-edge solutions in the field of agricultural machinery:
* Ageon, specialised in technological greenhouse and soilless crop consulting
* Cermac, consortium of Italian manufacturers of machinery, equipment, technologies and accessories for agriculture
* Nardi Group, a leading company in agricultural machinery and equipment production
* T RTuroni, specialised in production and supply of agri-measurement instruments
* Trelleborg Wheels System Italia focuses on the production of wheels, rims and tires for agriculture and machinery.
“With our participation to AgriteQ and EnviroteQ 2022, we wanted to provide a compact but high-quality selection of companies that can play a fundamental role in the outstanding development process of Qatar agriculture,” Prunas said. “I am sure that the fair will be another successful opportunity to further tighten the relations between our countries in the field of agriculture, with an eye to sustainability and innovation.”
Echoing the ambassador’s statements, Italian Trade Commissioner Augusta Smargiassi underscored the enviable business ties between Qatar and Italy over the years, saying: “In this fast-growing environment, we feel that Italian cutting-edge technologies in the field of agriculture can play an important role in the expansion of this business in Qatar.”
According to ITA Doha, Qatar’s agricultural sector continues to grow at a rapid phase based on the latest figures in imports of agricultural equipment and live plants, prompting it to present at AgriteQ and EnviroteQ some of the Italian excellences in the field aimed at enhancing Italy’s contribution to the expansion of Qatar agriculture.
The ITA pavilion showcases a wide range of opportunities to explore Italian technology, knowledge and experience in the agricultural sector.
ITA Doha also plans to further strengthen its co-operation by inviting local trade operators to attend the main exhibitions and events in Italy in this sector such as the recent My Plant & Garden in Milan, and the upcoming Cibus (Parma, May 3-6) and Macfrut (Rimini, May 4-6).
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