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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2677

Agribusiness Fair 2008

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Colombo, 14 April, ( Though Sri Lanka is a predominantly agricultural country, in this sphere there are certain areas that need fine tuning and even the Government is striving to push agriculture into its rightful place with its “Api Vavamu” (Let Us Grow) programme.

Major portion or almost the entirety of agricultural sector is occupied by Small and Medium Entrepreneurs (SME). The Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) which is primarily concerned about the SME Sector, to boost the SME sector in agriculture in particular and agriculture as a whole in general, organizes for the first time the “International Agri-Business Fair 2008 to be held at the BMICH.

The theme would be – Agribusiness towards world trend, its challenges and way forward and opportunities and challenges. This Agribusiness Fair is to develop human resources and technology to centre to centre primary and future needs of the agribusiness sector, to advance disseminate knowledge and to provide advice in various aspects of this wide field.

These fields would include concentration on agriculture and agribusiness providing networking opportunities and to get an insight of the existing areas of agribusiness; focus on small and medium scale companies; careful advance preparation and pre-selection of potential partners; on site visits to farm to farm and plant operations in foreign countries; direct contacts with private and public sector host organizations and sponsors limited size of delegation to assume effecting logistics and meaningful meetings and to communicate the importance of agriculture with the community etc.

The Agribusiness Fair will offer opportunities for exporters, processors, traders, investors, industrialists, foreign institutions, producers, policy makers and interact further the process of business co-operation and share technical expertise. The event offers tremendous opportunity and exposure for foreign bodies and farmers.

The focus areas of the Fair will be agricultural machinery, equipment, accessories, spare parts; irrigation and drainage systems; machinery and equipment for the food industry; plant protection and fertilizers; seed and plant production; horticulture, fruit-growing and vegetable gardening; livestock farming and equestrian sport; feedstuff production; veterinary medicine; fish farming; agro and forestry; agricultural sciences and education; production of biomass fuel, renewable and alternative energies and food and drinks.

There would be latest innovations on display such as high-tech agricultural biotechnologies and advanced equipment and technologies. There would be 12 pavilions fully furnished and specially decorated in line with the theme of the pavilion by an international agency.

The final outcome of the Fair would be to have technical tie-ups, business and financial collaborations, business deals, expert and official links, investment commitments and creation of future opportunities; improvement in technology, productivity, quality, value addition, marketing and exports of agro products; awareness creation about the products, technologies, machinery etc. available globally; identification of potential markets for imports and exports and devise specific strategies to boost agricultural trade and increased awareness about the quality standards of products and services.

- Asian Tribune -

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