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Agro-allied business leaders present solutions, techs at agro-food fair today


Chief Executive Officer of Fairtrade Messe GmbH & Co.KG, Martin Maerz

Global leaders in agricultural businesses and leading Nigerian players in the agro-food and pack industry will today learn from one another, do know-how transfers, discuss innovations and business at the Landmark Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Fairtrade Messe GmbH & Co.KG, Martin Maerz, disclosed this to The Guardian last weekend.

The specific objective of the international fair in Nigeria is to create a professional platform to showcase agriculture, food processing and packaging, ingredients, bakery/confectionery, food and hospitality, as well as plastics, printing and packaging technologies.

The exhibition is complemented by a top level three-day conference on skills development, value chain approach, circular economy and finance, start-ups and digitalisation featuring 25 Nigerian and European experts.“Nigeria is the second largest importer of food processing and packaging technologies in sub-Saharan Africa. The country’s imports of food and packaging machinery increased by 15 per cent in 2017 to 262 million Euros compared to 228 million Euros the year before,” Maerz had said in an interview.

Farmers, food and beverage processors as well as professionals from the agro-allied industries would interact with no fewer than participants from eight official countries, namely from Belarus, China, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland and Turkey.

The organizer said there would be a German-Nigerian live bakery expository. First Blends, Diosna and other baked goods and confectioneries would be displayed live on the three-day fair.It would feature 25 Nigerian and European experts on agro-food business and skills development; boosting agro-food production in Nigeria, the value chain approach and circular economy, which is combining innovative techniques and resource efficiency to create sustainable process, finance, start-ups and digitization, the organizer added.


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