Saudi Agriculture and Food set for strong growth

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Saudi Arabia’s agriculture and food sectors are on solid ground, with reports of 18.5% annual growth.
The increasing Saudi population, combined with higher consumption levels, are driving record growth rates.

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Dr. Fahd Abdulrahman Balghunaim, Saudi Minister of Agriculture, the 31st edition of Saudi Agriculture in 2012

A mega agriculture and food event will be held at the Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Centre (September 15 – September 18, 2013) to inform, discuss and seek new solutions to the rapid growth that is now being experienced in KSA regarding these markets.

Saudi Agriculture 2013, the 32nd International Agriculture, Water and Agro-Industry Show and the Saudi Agro-Food 2013, will combine into one mega-event at the 20th International trade show for Food products, Processing and Packaging Technologies.

Saudi Food-Pack 2013: The 2nd International Exhibition for Food Processing and Packaging, will run alongside the other shows.

The mega event will focus on present and future solutions in the agriculture and food production sectors. Discussions will centre around new techniques and procedures to meet with rising food demand. The event is the biggest business-to-business event in the Middle East and businesses can expand their horizons and surge beyond their existing markets.

Exhibitors from the Middle East, Asia, America, and Europe will be taking part and investment opportunities will be on offer. Not only that, but this event is a platform to discuss various strategies to manage food and agriculture within the Kingdom. The event is important to all stakeholders who want to assure the robust growth rate is maintained.

Both the Saudi Ministry of Agriculture, and UFI the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry have accredited the event.

Zeyad Al Rukban;These are crucial times as far as the Kingdom’s agriculture and food sectors are concerned. Saudi food requirements are rising to an all-time high, the government is intensifying efforts to come up with sound food security measures, and consumers with increasing spending power are demanding more diversity and quality.

Saudi Agriculture 2013 and its associated events offer a timely, strategic meeting place to discuss and address vital issues, find out the latest and best trade solutions, and direct sustained and efficient industry growth.” — Zeyad Al Rukban, Assistant General Manager, Riyadh Exhibitions Company

The Saudi economy is stable:

  • The KSA hydrocarbon sector is steady and expected to grow in 2013
  • Food consumption rate of increase is +9.8% CAGR
  • Food consumption rate of increase to 2017 is +8.9% CAGR
  • Confectionery value sales growth is +8.6%CAGR
  • Confectionery value sales growth  to 2017 is +7.4% CAGR
  • Mass grocery retail sales growth is +11.7% CAGR
  • Mass grocery retail sales growth to  2017 is +10.5% CAGR

The Saudi agriculture sector is predicting strong growth:

  • Wheat production is predicted to grow 56.3% to 487,900 tonnes by 2016/17
  • Poultry production and consumption are rising
  • Corn production and consumption are rising

Despite the trouble in the global economy over the last few years, Saudi Arabia is expected to maintain consistent growth and meet all petroleum, agricultural and food targets.

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