Manama, Bahrain (July 10th, 2017)
Under the patronage of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, and the continued support of Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeekabint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, Wife of the King of Bahrain and President of the Consultative Council for the National Initiative for Agricultural Development (NIAD), Bahrain International Garden Show will be organized by NIAD, at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Center from 22nd to 25th February 2018.
The Bahrain International Garden Show, is dedicated to developing the future of agriculture in the Kingdom, and is considered one of the leading agricultural exhibitions in the region. It presents an integrated platform for exchanging experiences, reviewing the latest developments, technologies and innovations in the agricultural field, as well as creating opportunities for new trade partnerships between local and international institutions. All of this contributes to developing knowledge and skills of those interested in this sector; such as visitors and participants, from Bahrain and abroad.
On this occasion, Her Excellency ShaikhaMaramBint Isa Al Khalifa, Secretary General of NIAD, said: “This show has established itself as one of the leading agricultural exhibitions in the Arabian Gulf region. Each year, it highlights a theme that is critical to the field and showcases information and best practices to improve existing systems, as well as alternative methods and solutions that contribute to the growth of the agricultural sector in the Kingdom”.
To explain the theme of Bahrain International Garden Show 2018, ShaikhaMaram said: “The upcoming show will focus on the safety of foods that meet international quality standards, starting from the production stage, to storage and processing until the food product reaches the consumer’s table”.
Shaikha Maram added: “This event represents an opportunity to promote food safety by showcasing the best practices of agricultural food handling which will contribute to increasing the production and the sustainability of natural resources, while ensuring the health of humans and plants”.
Visitors to the Bahrain International Garden Show include VIPs, experts, specialists, investors, suppliers, architects, consulting engineers, academics, developers, professionals from various sectors, school and university students as well as hobbyists, agriculture enthusiasts and consumers. Over the past years, the Bahrain International Garden Show attracted many exhibitors from Europe, America and the Far East as well as countries from the Middle East.
Shaikha Maram added: “The show continued to grow and develop over the past years, as its exhibiting area reached more than 7,000 square meters. The last show witnessed more than 45,000 visitors, and 155 exhibitors.
In this context, Engineer Zahra Abdulmalik, chairperson of the Bahrain Garden Club, said that the club continually works on providing farmers and garden enthusiasts with comprehensive information about diseases and pests that harm plants and how to combat them properly. Also, to help them identify the best varieties that withstand climatic conditions in the Kingdom of Bahrain, as well as encourage them to utilize small areas within their houses for agricultural purposes in modern and innovative ways. Club activities also aim to motivate children to learn about the surrounding nature, thus increase their opportunities to learn and contribute to the preservation of the environment surrounding them.
During the upcoming show the Bahrain Garden Club will organize their annual flowers and vegetables competition for students and amateurs, and the dates for the competition will be announced in the last quarter of 2017.
As for the distribution of exhibits, Hall 1 -The Marketplace- will be dedicated to the marketing of various agricultural products such as flowers, plants, agricultural tools, pots, garden furniture, machinery, lighting equipment and all agricultural products and services.
Hall 2 will be dedicated to raising awareness and education. It will include both official and educational institutions and civil society organizations. It will showcase their services, programs, and latest agricultural innovations.