The Managing Director of Fair-Trade, organizers of the Agrofood & Plastprintpack fair, Paul März, has said that companies, from 29 countries, will be participating at the tradeshow, to exhibit equipment for agriculture, food-processing machinery, and packaging machinery, for products that will be made in Nigeria at very high quality and standards.
He stated this while speaking on the forthcoming Agrofood & Plastprintpack Nigeria 2020 fair which will hold at the Landmark Centre, Lagos, on March 24 to 26, stressing that the fair will give local companies an opportunity to acquire the latest equipment to enhance their businesses.
“We think Nigeria is capable of feeding itself, so we will bring the latest technology from all over the world,” he said. März stated that the fair in its sixth year has been organised in Nigeria as part of a strategy to contribute towards reduction of food imports, and helping local food producers to optimise their operations in ways that will see them deliver optimal value.
On financing, he said that “many of the exhibiting companies are bringing financing possibilities portfolio, and then we bring local banks, expected to provide funds specifically for this. “Financing is a key issue and the exhibitors are addressing this along with partners from the bank,” he added. He also stated that some of the exhibitors will be selling in naira, as he said that the fair will be supplemented by a three-day programme, covering discussions across several themes.
He added that exhibitors with already confirmed participation will come from countries such as; Austria, Benin, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Lebanon, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Tunisia, UAE and Ukraine. He noted that China, Belgium, Germany and Italy will be having official national pavilions, as recorded in some of the previous editions. He also said that the tradeshow is a platform for valuable business contacts.