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AgroTech Ethiopia and Nigeria reopen their doors to the public
The 2nd agro AgroTech Ethiopia opened its doors as part of agrofood Ethiopia from the 14th-16th October, in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa. A total of 2,454 registered trade visitors came over the three days of the event. In all, 41 exhibitors presented their products and services. The trade visitors repeatedly emphasised the high quality of German products.
The German pavilion was supported by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL). Exhibitors such as Buschhoff (feed mills), Caisley International, Destilla, GGI-Spermex, Krones and Te So Ten Elsen Specht displayed their products and solutions on their own stands.
The Russian Export Centre was present in the Russian pavilion, which offered adapted solutions and technologies for the Ethiopian agricultural and food industry. In the Turkish pavilion, eleven firms presented their products. Several individually exhibiting companies came from India, Italy, Nigeria and the USA.
Around 80 per cent of the Ethiopian population live in rural areas, and agriculture is the most important source of income. Besides coffee, the main crops are cereals, maize and millet (teff and sorghum). Securing food is of great importance since the population of Ethiopia is still growing very fast. For this reason, yields must also grow.
Basically, Ethiopia is a country with high agricultural potential. There is also catch-up potential in animal husbandry, as the indigenous breeds are excellent for self-sufficiency, but are not suitable for production and sale to meet the needs of a growing urban population, for example, or to fulfil export standards.
AgroTech Ethiopia is one of three sub-fairs under the umbrella of agrofood Ethiopia, which is committed to the concept of "from field to fork".
The next agro AgroTech Ethiopia will take place from 2nd – 4th June 2022.
Global technology leaders showcased products at AgroTech Nigeria
As part of agrofood Nigeria, which took place for the sixth time, the international trade fair for agriculture and food processing, the AgroTech Nigeria took place in Lagos from the 26th -28th October. These international trade fairs for agriculture and food processing were able to inform many interested trade visitors about innovations in the agricultural machinery and animal sectors, and in the food and beverage processing sector.
Agrofood and AgroTech Nigeria made an impressive return as one of the first trade fair events in Nigeria after one and a half years. Despite difficult circumstances, exhibitors and visitors thoroughly enjoyed the overall concept consisting of an international trade exhibition and a three-day conference programme.
Exhibitors from twelve countries showcased adapted technologies and solutions for the Nigerian and West African market in the fields of agriculture, food and beverage processing, ingredients, plastics, printing and packaging. The show was attended by visitors from 41 countries. The vast majority came from Nigeria, followed by Ethiopia, Ghana and Botswana.
Agriculture ranked highest in the visitors’ interest. Many entrepreneurs are taking the opportunity to focus on the traditional economic sector, such as resource-conserving vertical farming.
Visitors also were interested in how to incorporate new methods and globally acquired knowledge in a modern and competitive agriculture that retains much of its processing in the country and exports finished products to neighbouring countries or overseas.
This is also true against the background of the need to ensure self-sufficiency in food for Nigeria's population of almost 200 million. In order to explore these new paths, the agricultural sector is increasingly demanding foreign know-how and technology.
Exhibitors came from Belgium, Egypt, France, India, Italy, Germany, Nigeria, Portugal, Saudi-Arabia, Tunisia, Turkey and USA. Two official national pavilions were present from Germany and the region Flanders in Belgium.
The next agrofood/AgroTech Nigeria takes place at the Landmark Centre in Lagos from the 22nd-24th March 2022.