This demand comes mainly from the Poultry and Livestock area of the show, which witnessed a 62 per cent increase in visitor attendance last year.
The poultry industry in the Middle East has seen signi?cant growth over the last decade due to the expansion of the hospitality sector, driving the country to import poultry and livestock products from around the world.
While poultry imports in 2013 reached 357,000 MT compared to 360,000 MT in 2012, it is expected to bounce back to 370,000 MT in 2014, and to 380,000 MT in 2015. This forecast is based on favoring factors, including improved economy and the aggressive development plan set by the UAE Government for the coming years.
This year, the three-day event will play host to more than 250 agriculture, poultry, aquaculture, and horticulture businesses from 36 countries, and also features a dedicated content offering which delves in to the latest advances in poultry research.
The Poultry Outlook Forum, which takes place throughout the show, gives valuable knowledge and understanding of the industry, with the main themes this year covering biosecurity, feed production, gut health antibiotic use and exploration of non-chicken species for meat and eggs.
For the third year running the World Poultry Science Association (WPSA) are taking an active role in the delivery of the content, with an opening keynote address from Roel Mulder, Secretary of the WPSA based in the Netherlands.
Food safety, security and sustainability through the poultry industry in the Middle East will all up for discussion with the WPSA UAE President Prof Dr Al Hadrami, who is also the Dean of the UAE University in Al Ain, kicking off proceedings on day one.
Day two of the Poultry Outlook Forum will look at Biosecurity and Disease Prevention Protocols including avian flu and food borne zoonotic diseases.
While more than 5,000 visitors are expected to pass through the halls of AGRA Middle East 2015, its partner event, VET Middle East also enjoyed remarkable success for 2015, having also sold out of exhibition space 6 weeks ahead of the opening day.
The fast-growing event for the burgeoning Mid East veterinary industry has witnessed a 71 per cent growth in visitors since 2010, and this year will bring together more than 40 international manufacturers and suppliers of veterinary products and services with a highly targeted regional audience.
Summing up the educational platform of the show, and held alongside VET Middle East, is the free-to-attend Veterinary Outlook Forum, where leading regional and international veterinary experts will discuss various topics including diagnostics, therapy, and treatment of domestic, farm and exotic animals.
Organised by the Ministry of Environment and Water, AquaME, formally a section within the AgraME exhibition, is the regions first standalone platform dedicated to the burgeoning aquaculture and fishing industry, and will take place on 16-18 March 2015 at the Dubai Exhibition and Convention Centre
At the official signing last year of the partnership between the Ministry of Environment and Water and Nor-Fishing Foundation, His Excellency Abdelrahim Al Hammadi – Assistant Undersecretary of Support Services for the Ministry of Environment and Water said: “We are very pleased with this partnership which is a move to consolidate and encourage investment in the aquaculture sector. This falls in line with the UAE’s strategic objectives to promote food security and environmental sustainability contributing to the UAE’s Vision 2021.”
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