September 13, 2019
Inaugural edition of EuroTier Middle East concludes in Abu Dhabi
The inaugural edition of EuroTier Middle East concluded September 4 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) in the United Arab Emirates, drawing strong local, regional and international participation.
Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (ADAFSA), and in strategic partnership with ADAFSA, the event drew the participation of over 120 exhibitors and 150 companies from 16 countries, including Saudi Arabia, which is the country of honour. It also attracted on its first two days 7,584 visitors.
His Excellency Saeed Al Bahri Salem Al Ameri, Director General of ADAFSA, said, "We are delighted with the high turnout and strong visitor response to the inaugural edition of EuroTier Middle East that demonstrate the growing importance of the livestock sector across the region as well as Abu Dhabi's huge potentials within this vital sector. Through fostering partnerships and facilitating business deals among participating entities, the event has laid a solid foundation for the long-term development of the livestock sector in the UAE."
He added, "Hosting this exhibition articulates our commitment to supporting the government's efforts to achieve sustainability in the animal husbandry sector through dedicating a comprehensive platform to all stakeholders in this vital field. Our objectives in organising the event included meeting the country's food demand, supplying the local market with quality products and facilitating exporter access to foreign markets. The expo also supports ADAFSA's efforts to share experiences and best practices with regional and global partners to address the challenges facing farm owners and animal breeders. Furthermore, EuroTier Middle East has created new opportunities for fruitful collaboration in agriculture and animal production research and development."
On the sidelines of the event, His Excellency Saeed Al Bahri Salem Al Ameri signed letters of intent related to investment opportunities in the agricultural and food sector with several local companies. This includes a letter of intent signed with Abdulla Ali Al Qubaisi, vice chairman of Al Rawabi Dairy Company, to set up a factory producing fresh milk, juice and other dairy products, Essa Al Ghurair, chairman of Essa Al-Ghurair Investment, to open a dairy and cheese collection and production centre, and with Tariq Al Wahedi, CEO of Agthia, to establish a facility aimed at developing and improving animal feed products.
Furthermore, he inked agreements with a cooperation agreement with Ian Summerfield, CEO of the Food and Agriculture Division at Elite Agro.
On the final day of the event, Dr. Hamid Ragab Orban moderated a series of workshops that focused on a wide range of topics related to poultry, aquaculture and the feed sector. Sessions included Biosecurity, Management and Modern Production Systems in Poultry Farms by Dr. Martina Wolf Reuter, a veterinarian from Germany, Family-based Poultry Production: A Practical Example by Stefan Teepker, a poultry farmer from Germany, and Poultry Production in the UAE: Reality and Ambition by Dr. Hussein Hosiny Hussein, Animal Production at ADAFSA. In addition, Dr. Bert Wecker from German firm Neomar discussed fish production in recirculated aquaculture systems (RAS), while Scott Ferguson from Australian livestock intelligence systems provider Allflex presented a live demo of feedlot management software.
During the expo, ADAFSA launched an initiative to foster biosecurity and improve animal production in the emirate. Entitled "Star Rating System for Classifying Farms in Abu Dhabi", the campaign aims to enhance the capabilities of animal farmers and encourage them to adhere to the highest biosecurity standards and international best practices to raise productivity and improve general practices on farms. The initiative aspires to increase the share of locally-produced animal products, promote the culture of excellence among animal farmers, and enhance their role in reinforcing the food and biosecurity systems in the emirate.
On the final day of the event, ADAFSA also announced the winners of the animal beauty contest that showcased 5,000 food-producing animals from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Oman, and the best local breed auction that featured 1,300 animals and drew the participation of 175 breeders.
EuroTier Middle East also highlighted the latest animal farming innovations and technologies spanning livestock and food manufacturing operation tracking, steam sterilising, livestock-handling equipment and tools, barn cooling, incubation and industrial cooling for poultry farming, as well as methods of handling animals in open air, and livestock care equipment.
Furthermore, ADAFSA honoured the winners of its Camel and Livestock Excellence Award that aims to promote the culture of excellence and encourage the adoption of international best practices in animal breeding to safeguard the country's biosecurity, generate better returns for breeders, and meet the local demand for livestock products. Suad Ahmed Sultan Matar Al Hallami was the overall winner, while the second place went to Rashid Farhan Khamis Al Kuwaiti, and the third place to Saeed Habroush Mohammed Habroush Al Suwaidi. In the Outstanding Breeder category, Yousef Obaid Al Zaabi won top honours, while Eid Hamoud Salmeen Al Mansouri and Sheikha Khalifa Al Mazrouei placed second and third respectively.
In the Best Farm in Applying Biosecurity Requirements category, the heirs of Musabah Rashid Al-Mana'I secured the first place, while Sheleweh Mohammed Ghafan Musallam Al Jabri and Sari Mohammed Thani Ahmed Al Mazrouei placed second and third respectively. In the Most Productive Farm category, Sheikha Khamis Saeed Al Rahoumi won the first place, while the second place went to Abdullah Saleh Badwah Al Darmaki. Saeed Abdullah bin Brook Al Humairi and Younis Abdullah Al Hammadi shared the third place.
ADFSA also acknowledged Saudi Arabia, the country of honour, and EuroTier Middle East sponsors, including Agthia Group, Marmum Dairy Farm, and National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC (NFFPM), as well as the event's partners - Abu Dhabi Waste Management Center (Tadweer), Al Wathba Municipality Centre, Abu Dhabi Distribution Company, Adahi Market Team, Tristar Engineering and Construction, and Noor Al Sahara General Contracting - for their support of the inaugural edition.